Over the past six months, the RAF100 Baton Relay has showcased the very best of the RAF visiting every region of the UK and several overseas locations.
The baton was designed and constructed by apprentices and staff at No. 4 School of Technical Training, MOD St Athan, with support from RAF100 technology partners Raytheon.
It was carried by personnel from across the RAF whole force, including regulars and reserves, members of 20 RAF sports associations, civil servants, contractors, veterans and RAF Air Cadets. Over 2000 service personnel from 60 branches and trades have been involved in the RAF100 Baton Relay.
On 10 July, the final day of the relay, the baton was delivered to Horse Guards Parade (HGP) by a parade of 35 personnel, who had carried the baton during the previous 99 days, led into HGP by Pilot, Flight Lieutenant Rob Neal and Firefighter, Senior aircraftman James Topping.
The baton was presented to the Chief of the Air Staff by an Honour Guard of five personnel who had carried the baton previously, including Senior aircraftman Ockendon, Flight Sergeant Baxter, Flying Officer Carside and Flying Officer Lee.
The baton has been on an incredible journey over its 100 days:
- It has cycled, run, kayaked, skied, parasailed, parachuted, paraglided, kite-surfed, canoed, been on horseback, super bike and polo pony
- It has run many thousands of miles including on the deck of the new HMS Queen Elizabeth and in the Edinburgh and London Marathons
- It has climbed the three highest peaks in the UK and the Blackpool Tower
- Been carried by Air Cadets on a night march through the Chilterns and by personnel from RAF Boulmer across the Cheviots
- It has flown in a Typhoon over the Shetland Islands
- It has flown in Red 7 during the Queen's Birthday Flypast and on all forms of RAF Air Transport to visit our overseas detachments and operations including:
- Op BILOXI in Romania
- Op CABRIT in Estonia
- Op TORAL in Iraq and has visited our personnel on locations throughout the Middle East including Afghanistan
- Our PJOBs in The Falklands and Gibraltar
- Our Embassy in Washington
- Our NATO contingent in Ramstein
- It has visited schools and Air Cadet squadrons across the country
- It has visited the National Memorial Arboretum for a commemorative service, and the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln where it was greeted by 100 veterans
Most importantly it has celebrated our people and their achievements.
For highlights of the RAF100 Baton Relay click here