The Standard of 120 Squadron has been reinstated ahead of forthcoming reformation of the squadron in the Royal Air Force’s 100th year.
“It was a privilege to reinstate the 120 Squadron Standard at College Hall Officers’ Mess. As our Battle Honours attest we have a proud history as pioneers of British maritime flying, and it is an honour to command the unit as we start a new chapter. 120 Squadron looks forward to a bright future at Royal Air Force Lossiemouth operating the P-8A Poseidon.”
Wing Commander James Hanson
The RAF's highest-scoring anti-submarine unit in World War II, 120 Squadron disbanded in 2011 but is reforming to operate the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, nine of which are on order for the RAF.
“This is a great day for the Royal Air Force in our Centenary year, bringing such a renowned unit as 120 Squadron back into the fold; it was a proud day for everyone in the ISTAR Force. The introduction to service of P-8A Poseidon in 2019 will further strengthen our nation’s defence and increase the diversity of the RAF’s contribution to United Kingdom operations.”
Air Commodore Dean Andrew
Commander of ISTAR Force