The RAF Regiment lay up 5 Standards and a Queens Colour and welcome their new Honorary Air Commodore – Sir Stephen Dalton
The RAF Regiment both old and new formed part of the congregation at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral on Thursday 21st November as the Corps commemorated laying up the Standards of No’s 1, 16, 27, 37 and 48 squadrons and the third Queens Colour.
The service was attended by the outgoing Honorary Air Commodore (HAC) Sir Richard Johns and the incoming HAC Sir Stephen Dalton as well as the Commandant General, Air Cdre Andy Hall and civic dignitaries from the region.
The Standards and Colour were handed over to the Cathedral by current and retired Sqn Cdrs and will be hung in the St Edmundsbury Chapel within the Cathedral. The Queens Colour and No’s 1 and 27 Squadron have already had their new colours presented, however No’s 16, 37 and 48 squadrons have been disbanded and the Cathedral will be their standards final resting place.
After the service a parade was held at RAF Honington by QCS to mark the handing over of RAF Regiment HAC from Sir Richard Johns, who has served 13 years in the post, to the recently retired CAS, Sir Stephen Dalton. Sir Richard stated in his departing speech:
“ ..the RAF Regiment play a vital and essential role in air power and are pivotal in today’s Air Force as well as having a huge part to play in its future. I take leave of you with a great deal of pride and have great confidence that Sir Stephen will keep a very careful eye on what is going on. I thank you for your friendship and camaraderie and the RAF Regiment will always have a place in my heart”
QCS then gave a General Salute and as Sir Richard stepped down Sir Stephen took on the role of HAC of the RAF Regiment, he stated:
“ ..it is an honour and privilege if a little daunting following in such capable footsteps and I thank Sir Richard for his invaluable advice, service and wisdom. Today is about the future and the nature of operations we may find ourselves involved in. The RAF Regiment are at the pinnacle of Britain’s Armed Forces and are renowned for their professionalism. But they are also a strong family and I look forward to advising and guiding as my association with the RAF Regiment deepens over the next few years”
After the parade members of the RAF Regiment past and present moved to Busby’s Bar to enjoy catching up with each other and reflecting on the days events. This was followed by a formal lunch in the Officers’ Mess to mark the occasion. HM the Queen also sent her best wishes to the RAF Regiment for this most important of days.
Editor: Sqn Ldr Willmot
Cathedral Colours and Standards.
Air Cdre andy Hall hands over the Third Queens Colour to the Cathedral for laying up.
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