7006 (VR) Intelligence
Station name: RAF Waddington
Station address: Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN5 9NB
Motto: Florebo quocumque ferar (Latin meaning ‘I will flower everywhere I am planted').
Mission: To provide trained intelligence personnel to support RAF Squadrons and Joint Headquarters in the UK and overseas.
Get in touch: 0345 606 9069
More about this squadron
Headquartered at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, 7006 (VR) Intelligence Squadron is one of three RAF Reserves units providing intelligence support to the Regular RAF. The unit’s members work widely across a field which ranges from tactical air intelligence to headquarters support at the operational and strategic levels. The unit seeks recruits throughout the UK.
Roles and specialist skills
Intelligence Analysts and Officers obtain, analyse and present different forms of intelligence supporting aircraft and other military assets, generally briefing and debriefing aircrews or working in headquarters as a member of a team of analysts, though opportunities also exist in several specialist areas. Analysts are experts in handling and assessing data from a variety of sources to commanders’ intelligence requirements at all levels. Presenting to audiences, analysing and deductive thinking are crucial skills – though no previous experience is required.
In recent years Reservists from 7006(VR) Intelligence Squadron have been mobilised in support of operations in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and North Africa, and for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Squadron members have deployed on exercise to all operational RAF bases in the UK, and have participated in detachments to the USA, Gibraltar, Cyprus, the Gulf, France, Greece, Italy, Germany, Norway, Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands.
A dedicated Volunteer Reserves Intelligence Unit – 7006 Flight, RAF Volunteer Reserves – was created at RAF High Wycombe in 1986, initially to provide linguists tailored to the needs of the Cold War. It became a squadron in 1997, when the RAF VR and Royal Auxiliary Air Force were amalgamated