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Two historic RAF Squadron Numberplates are set to return

The Air Surveillance and Control System (ASACS) Control and Reporting Centre (CRC) at RAF Boulmer has been allocated the Number 19 Squadron numberplate and RAF(U) Swanwick in Hampshire the Number 78 Squadron numberplate.

Since its formation in 1915, 19 Squadron has served during the First World War, Second World War and the cold war, ending its service at RAF Valley where it operated the Hawk T1 until disbanded in 2011. As one of the last surviving Battle of Britain squadrons 19 Squadron will now represent the UK’s Air Surveillance and Control capability which monitors, detects and identifies all aircraft in and around UK Airspace and on overseas operations, whilst supporting Quick Reaction Alert Aircraft by scrambling fighters to intercept aircraft whose intentions are unknown.

The origins of 78 Squadron also lie in the Royal Flying Corps having been formed in 1916 for home defence, protecting the South East coast. Its Battle Honours include the First World War, Second World War, Iraq and Afghanistan until its disbandment in 2014 operating Merlin helicopters from RAF Benson. The squadron will now represent RAF(U) Swanwick and their delivery of Area Air Traffic Management, Airspace Management, Air Defence Resilience Entity and Northolt Radar, ensuring the safe passage of military and civil aircraft across the UK.

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