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
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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 …]

The Royal Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) Typhoon Squadron, known as No.12 Squadron, have marked an important milestone as they commenced flying as a Joint Squadron today. Based at RAF Coningsby, and later in Qatar, No.12 Squadron is a unique initiative between the UK and Qatar and will provide the QEAF with valuable experience operating the Typhoon as they prepare for their first delivery of the aircraft. Due to be delivered in 2022, the aircraft are part of a £5.1 billion deal between BAE Systems and the Government of Qatar. The flags of both nations were raised at RAF Coningsby today as Typhoons with new Squadron markings flew for the first time, signalling the Squadron’s readiness to train pilots and ground crew from both air forces. The UK has a long history of working with international partners into our Armed Forces, with such defence engagement recognised as key to strengthening partnerships and promoting our national interest. However, No. 12 Squadron is the first Joint Squadron in the RAF since the Second World War and Battle of Britain. The Joint Squadron was stood up on 24 July 2018 and will drive closer collaboration between the RAF and QEAF, putting our bilateral security and defence relationship on a long-term and sustainable footing.
Ministry of Defence

UK-QATARI TYPHOONS TAKE OFF AS JOINT SQUADRON

The Royal Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) Typhoon Squadron, known as No.12 Squadron, have marked an important milestone as they commenced flying as a Joint Squadron today. Based at RAF Coningsby, and later in Qatar, No.12 Squadron is a unique initiative between the UK and Qatar and will provide the QEAF with valuable experience operating the Typhoon [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 …]

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has received the newest addition to the P-8A Poseidon fleet, City of Elgin ZP802. The aircraft which landed at Kinloss Barracks marks the second to be received whilst the runway and facilities at RAF Lossiemouth are being renovated. This renovation will allow the Poseidon fleet to fully operate from RAF Lossiemouth and provide maritime patrol capabilities for the RAF. Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon is a multi-role maritime patrol aircraft, equipped with sensors and weapons systems for anti-submarine warfare, as well as surveillance and search and rescue missions.  The P-8A’s comprehensive mission system features an APY-10 radar with modes for high-resolution mapping, an acoustic sensor system, including passive and multi-static sonobuoys, electro-optical/IR turret and electronic support measures (ESM).  This equipment delivers comprehensive search and tracking capability, while the aircraft’s weapons system includes torpedoes for engaging sub-surface targets. 
Ministry of Defence

RAF Receives Second P-8A Poseidon

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has received the newest addition to the P-8A Poseidon fleet, City of Elgin ZP802. The aircraft which landed at Kinloss Barracks marks the second to be received whilst the runway and facilities at RAF Lossiemouth are being renovated. This renovation will allow the Poseidon fleet to fully operate from RAF Lossiemouth and provide maritime patrol [Read More …]

Royal Air Force Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby intercept Russian aircraft approaching UK Air Space on the 7th March 2020. An RAF spokesperson said: “This was a routine response to Russian aircraft approaching UK air space and was coordinated with several other NATO allies.”
Ministry of Defence

From the Ministry of Defence: RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons Intercept Russian Aircraft

Royal Air Force Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby intercept Russian aircraft approaching UK Air Space on the 7th March 2020. An RAF spokesperson said: “This was a routine response to Russian aircraft approaching UK air space and was coordinated with several other NATO allies.” All photos and text are © Crown copyright 2020

On Sunday the 9th of February 2020, various personnel including medical staff from the UK's National Health Service (NHS) and Royal Air Force (RAF) were recovered from Wuhan, China. Also on the Wamos Air 747 were personnel from other nations such as France, Italy and Denmark. Many on board were women and children.
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From the Ministry of Defence : Repatriation flight from Wuhan in China lands at RAF Brize Norton

On Sunday the 9th of February 2020, various personnel including medical staff from the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and Royal Air Force (RAF) were recovered from Wuhan, China. Also on the Wamos Air 747 were personnel from other nations such as France, Italy and Denmark. Many on board were women and children. All photos and text are © Crown [Read More …]