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Following the formal disbandment of XV(Reserve) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth on Friday 31 March 2017 the Squadron’s standard was officially laid up in the College Hall Officers’ Mess at RAF College (RAFC) Cranwell recently.

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A small group of personnel from XV(Reserve) Squadron transported the standard to be laid up in the rotunda of the College Hall Officers’ Mess. The short ceremony was the final official act to mark the disbandment of the Squadron.

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XV(R) Sqn’s Standard Bearer handed the standard to the RAFC standard party with the words:

“I give unto your safe keeping The Squadron Standard of No XV(Reserve) Squadron Royal Air Force. I charge you to guard and defend it with all honour as befits the symbol of our unity and common loyalty to Her Majesty the Queen.”

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Wing Commander Paul Froome, Officer Commanding XV(R) Sqn, led a small number of squadron personnel at the ceremony, he said:

“It was an honour and a privilege to lodge the XV Squadron Standard in the Royal Air Force College, and a fitting end to the disbandment activity. The Standard joins those of other illustrious squadrons and I hope that in the near future it will be marched-out of College Hall and paraded again with pride and dignity.”

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The standard, which was paraded for the final time at RAF Lossiemouth on 31 March, will now remain at RAFC Cranwell until Number XV Squadron is required to be reformed by the Royal Air Force.

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Although originally designed to mark a rallying point for troops during battles involving hundreds if not thousands of men, military standards still have emotional importance for personnel who serve in the Armed Forces. Whilst in themselves not massively expensive to produce standards have such significance to the members of regiments and squadrons that their value as historic items may reach the tens of thousands of pounds.

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