Following the arrival of the RAF VIP Voyager “Vespina” at its base at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Thursday 25th June 2021, the aircraft undertook its first operational tasking today Friday 26th June 2021, by tanking RAF Lightning and Typhoon fighters during Exercise CRIMSON OCEAN. After several weeks repainting, the Voyager was confirmed ready to undertake its full operational role of Air-to-Air Refuelling and personnel transport alongside the rest of the RAF Voyager fleet. Taking off from RAF Brize Norton, the aircraft spent most of the day airborne to provide several refuelling stops for the fighters taking part in the joint RAF and Royal Navy exercise. This refuelliung occured off the North East coast of the United Kingdom. Exercise CRIMSON OCEAN allows the Royal Navy and RAF to train and hone their ability to deliver routine fighter and helicopter operations in a range of environments from the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. Lightning aircraft from 617 Squadron have been onboard the carrier since 9 July when they left their base at RAF Marham in Norfolk. The aircraft, known as Vespina is also referred to as 'ZZ336', its military registration number, was previously visually indistinguishable from the rest of the RAF Voyager Fleet. The new paint scheme will better reflect its VIP mission and contribution to ‘Global Britain’. The paintwork concludes a refurbishment stemming from the 2015 SDSR. THE TYPHOON WAS FROM 9 SQN BASED AT RAF LOSSIEMOUTH. F35 AIRCRAFT FROM 617 SQN, RAF MARHAM. For more information, please contact: Sqn Ldr Toby Watkins – toby.watkins107@mod.gov.uk © MoD Crown Copyright 2020
Ministry of Defence

VIP RAF VOYAGER RETURNS TO OPERATIONAL DUTIES

Following the arrival of the RAF VIP Voyager “Vespina” at its base at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Thursday 25th June 2021, the aircraft undertook its first operational tasking today Friday 26th June 2021, by tanking RAF Lightning and Typhoon fighters during Exercise CRIMSON OCEAN. After several weeks repainting, the Voyager was confirmed ready to undertake its full operational [Read More …]

Image shows a Russian Coot A aircraft intercepted during a QRA scramble by RAF Typhoons from Siauliai Air Base, 2nd Jun 2020. Op AZOTIZE is the UK's contribution to the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission ensuring the security of the skies above Lithuania the other Baltic States. RAF Typhoons of No.6 Squadron, from RAF Lossiemouth, are working alongside a detachment of Spanish F-18 fighters of Ejercito Del Aire.
Ministry of Defence

RAF TYPHOONS SCRAMBLED IN LITHUANIA TO INTERCEPT A RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE GATHERING AIRCRAFT

Image shows a Russian Coot A aircraft intercepted during a QRA scramble by RAF Typhoons from Siauliai Air Base, 2nd Jun 2020. Op AZOTIZE is the UK’s contribution to the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission ensuring the security of the skies above Lithuania the other Baltic States. RAF Typhoons of No.6 Squadron, from RAF Lossiemouth, are working alongside a detachment [Read More …]

NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A during a dress rehearsal prior to the Demo-2 mission launch, Saturday, May 23, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The test flight serves as an end-to-end demonstration of SpaceX’s crew transportation system. Behnken and Hurley are scheduled to launch at 4:33 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 27, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to low-Earth orbit for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011.
Ministry of Defence

HISTORIC SPACE LAUNCH TO BE TRACKED FROM ROYAL AIR FORCE MILITARY SITE

NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A during a dress rehearsal prior to the Demo-2 mission launch, Saturday, May 23, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of [Read More …]

Ministry of Defence

UK Armed Forces have delivered essential equipment to the Falkland Islands

Image shows the Oxygen Tank being loaded onto A400M Atlas ZM407. The UK Armed Forces have delivered essential equipment to the Falkland Islands to enable the construction of an oxygen generation plant to increase the supply of oxygen to King Edward Memorial Hospital. A Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster delivered the equipment to British Forces South Atlantic Islands as part [Read More …]