Air Vice-Marshal Gary Waterfall, Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group, visited RAF Lossiemouth this week to carry out the Station’s Annual Formal Inspection.
He was accompanied by Warrant Officer Dean Appleby, the No. 1 Group Warrant Officer. As AOC of No. 1 Group, AVM Waterfall controls the Royal Air Force’s combat fast jet fleet.
AVM Waterfall was given a tour of the Station which has remained exceptionally busy over recent months as military and civilian personnel continue to work intensively to support operations overseas as well as performing the Quick Reaction Alert (Interceptor) North protecting UK skies.
The Annual Formal Inspection covered all areas of the Moray Typhoon Main Operating Base, including the Reservists of 2622(Highland) Squadron, 51 Squadron RAF Regiment and the RAF Lossiemouth Mountain Rescue Team. The AOC was also invited to put his handprints on the wall of the RAF Lossiemouth Childcare Centre where he met several service families.
As a final duty during his visit, AVM Waterfall was the Presenting Officer at RAF Lossiemouth’s Honours and Awards ceremony. Personnel from the Station, both military and civilian staff, were presented with various commendations.
Group Captain Paul Godfrey is RAF Lossiemouth’s Station Commander, he said of the inspection:
“The Annual Formal Inspection was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the world-class personnel stationed here at RAF Lossiemouth who work tirelessly to provide defence of the UK airspace 24/7 and prepare, support and execute a wide range of contingency operations around the World.
“We also took the time to show Air Vice-Marshal Waterfall and Warrant Officer Appleby, the 1 Group Warrant Officer, the outstanding work our welfare and community teams are doing to support our personnel and families as they continue to go the extra mile for UK Defence; I’m sure both of them will remember their hand painting exploits in the Childcare Centre for many years!”
Photographs: Sgt Stu Fenwick
AVM Waterfall in discussion with Junior Ranks at RAF Lossiemouth.
AVM Waterfall discusses Tornado maintenance with personnel from Tornado Aircraft Support Flight (North).
AVM Waterfall discusses Tornado maintenance with Warrant Officer Gransden, Officer Commanding Tornado Aircraft Support Flight (North).
AVM Waterfall prepares to put his handprints on the wall of the RAF Lossiemouth Childcare Centre.
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