Building work at RAF Lossiemouth has begun to cater for the transition from Tornado aircraft to Typhoons.
Hangar 3 has been renovated in preparation for 1 Squadron’s arrival in Aug/ Sep 2014. Further work on the infrastructure on Station will take place to provide specific requirements for the Typhoons such as the Quick Reaction Alert capability. Hangar 1, former home to 12 (Bomber) Squadron, will be renovated for the arrival of 6 Squadron in May/ Jul 2014.
RAF Lossiemouth held an event on Station on 14 August 2013 to inform the local press and Civic Dignitaries on the changes that are due to happen on site. The aim of the afternoon was to answer any queries the stakeholders may have on the transition programme and start a dialogue with local stakeholders to ensure people are informed of the impact the changes may have to the local community.
A team was set up at both RAF Leuchars and RAF Lossiemouth to coordinate the RAF Scotland Transition Programme in order to ensure the smooth transition. They are in place to work alongside the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to; provide suitable infrastructure, accommodate personnel, investigate supply holdings, set up a specialist Computer network systems and ensure there is regular engagement with all personnel involved/ affected by the transition.
The decision to move the Typhoons to RAF Lossiemouth secures the future of the Station as the main RAF operating base for the North of England and Scotland.
Group Captain Ian Gale, RAF Lossiemouth’s Station Commander, said: “These changes have already resulted in considerable infrastructure works here to support the new tasks but although our role is changing, a significant number of our people will retrain on the Typhoon and remain in the local area. RAF Lossiemouth will be at the forefront of the delivery of military capability for many years to come and our people look forward to remaining at the heart of the Moray community.”
Editor: Flt Lt Baxter
Station Commander lending a hand with the demolition of the old Junior Ranks Mess.
New Junior Ranks exterior.
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