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RAF Voyager Squadron strengthens bonds with its Republic of Korea counterpart

Personnel from the 261 Squadron of the Republic of Korea Air Force stand in-front of the Airbus Tanker Aircraft.
Personnel from 261 Squadron of the 5th Air Mobility Wing Republic of Korea Air Force aim to share operating knowledge and support 101 Squadron RAF, on the Airbus Multi-Role Tanker Transport Aircraft.

A twinning ceremony has taken place between the Royal Air Force and the Republic of Korea Air Force as the two Nations strengthen ties and share expertise.

Earlier in the year, 101 Squadron, who operate RAF Voyagers based at RAF Brize Norton, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with their Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) Counterparts, 261 Squadron of the 5th Air Mobility Wing ROKAF.  This accord aims to share know-how in operating the Airbus Multi-Role Tanker Transport Aircraft, develop logistical and maintenance support and strengthen ties between the two Air Forces.

Wing Commander Udall signing a document at a table outside, with the Airbus Tanker Aircraft in the background.
Wing Commander Udall signs the Memorandum of Understanding. 

Both the UK and the Republic of Korea are like-minded and share similar views on many issues, including defence and security.  The longstanding partnership between the UK and Republic of Korea was established through cooperation during the Korean War and has continued to grow and is of ever-increasing modern significance.  Personnel exchanges and platform interoperability are key to the practical maintenance and growth of the defence relationship.

“This Memorandum of Understanding is another strong step forward together as the Republic of Korea and the UK collaborate and exchange best practice on operating the Airbus Multi-Role Tanker Transport Aircraft.  101 Squadron of the Royal Air Force and 261 Squadron of the Republic of Korea Air Force have recently formalised this bond in recognition of their shared values, proud histories and many future years of partnership and friendship.  The Squadrons will host annual committees, taking turns to host the other Squadron and conducting in-depth discussions on the development of joint aerial refuelling drills, as well as on education, training, tactics, logistical support, safety and maintenance.”

Wing Commander Udall 
Officer Commanding 101 Squadron

Commander Lieutenant Colonel Jang Dongchul signs the Memorandum of Understanding, with a statue of the Airbus Tanker and flag in the background.
Commander Lieutenant Colonel Jang Dongchul of 261 Squadron signs the Memorandum of Understanding.

 

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