2620 (County of Norfolk)
Station name: RAF Marham
Station address: King's Lynn, Norfolk PE33 9NP
Motto: ‘Cum Patria Mea Vocat’ (Latin for ‘When My Country Calls’)
Mission: To recruit and train Reservists to support regular RAF force protection exercises and operations worldwide.
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More about this squadron
Based at RAF Marham, 2620 (County of Norfolk) Squadron is one of six RAF Reserves units with a Force Protection role. The unit consists chiefly of RAF Regiment gunners trained in infantry skills, but it also has a limited number of personnel in support duties. The Squadron’s role is to provide officers and gunners to augment the regular RAF Regiment Field Force, on operations and exercises, world-wide.
Roles and specialist skills
Gunners are required to master a range of skills, including infantry tactics, covert observation, target acquisition and close combat. Gunners also receive specialist weapons training, and become expert at handling everything from a bayonet to an anti-tank missile. The RAF Regiment needs to operate 24 hours a day, in any weather, so our Gunners become skilled in the use of the latest night-vision aids and other surveillance equipment. The progressively challenging training begins with general service knowledge and basic foot drill, before moving onto weapons and tactics, signals, first-aid and off-road driving.
Combat training is physically and mentally demanding and can take place anywhere in the world, from the jungle to the Arctic. Gunners need to be fit, active and prepared to endure difficult and demanding situations.
For reasons of combat effectiveness, women cannot be accepted for this role.
There are also plenty of opportunities to take part in adventurous training, battlefield tours and other activities, in both the UK and overseas. (In recent years the Squadron has trained in Texas, Cyprus, Germany and New York State.) In addition to military training, 2620 Squadron conducts adventure training in the UK every year and members have also conducted overseas expeditions in France and Spain. In addition, a Battlefield Tour conducted every year - previous Tours have gone to Normandy, Dieppe, The Somme, Ypres, Arnhem and The Rhine.
Members of the Squadron have supported regular operations in Iraq and Kuwait, the Balkans and, most recently, in Afghanistan. More than 100 of its personnel have deployed on operations since 2003.
2620 (County of Norfolk) Squadron was formed, as an auxiliary RAF Regiment Field Squadron, at RAF Marham in 1983. The Squadron was subsequently re-roled as an Operations Support Squadron and, in 2003, it deployed to Ali Al Salem airbase in Kuwait where it provided Survive-to-Operate expertise during the war-fighting phase of Operation TELIC. As such, it was the first auxiliary RAF Regiment Squadron to be deployed on operations since the end of the Second World War.
On 1 April 2004 the Squadron reverted to being an RAF Regiment Reserves Field Squadron and in July 2010, it received its Squadron Standard from Her Majesty the Queen.