RAF Lossiemouth celebrated two major events today with a new Standard being presented to CXX Squadron and the formal naming of the £100million Poseidon Strategic Facility as the Atlantic Building.
With the impressive Atlantic Building as a backdrop and flanked either side by two sub-hunting Poseidon aircraft, sixty personnel from CXX Squadron formally paraded for the first time since re-forming in 2020. The parade opened with a flypast of a Poseidon aircraft supported by a pair of Typhoon aircraft from II(AC) Squadron.
Accompanied by the RAF Lossiemouth Pipes and Drum Band and in the presence of families and distinguished guests including local dignitaries and civic leadership, Air Marshal Gerry Mayhew, Deputy Commander Operations, took the formal salute and inspected the parade. The Chaplain-in-Chief and Archdeacon for the Royal Air Force, the Venerable Air Vice Marshall John Ellis QHC RAF officiated at a Drumhead ceremony to consecrate the new Standard. The day also signalled a new era for CXX Squadron with Wing Commander James Hanson handing over command to Wg Cdr Benjamin Livesey.
Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said:
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said:
Wg Cdr James Hanson, the outgoing CXX Sqn Officer Commanding said:
Incoming 120 Squadron OC, Wg Cdr Benjamin Livesey said:
The Atlantic Ocean was, and remains, of vital strategic importance to the United Kingdom. During WWII the UK required more than a million tons of shipping to be delivered per week to survive which was jeopardised by the devastating losses inflicted on Allied shipping convoys by enemy submarines. CXX Squadron re-formed as a Maritime Patrol Squadron and deployed to Iceland in 1941 where they served with distinction and courage in the Battle of the Atlantic rapidly becoming the most successful antisubmarine warfare squadron in history.
Today the situation is different, but the Atlantic Ocean remains as important to the UK and to the mission of the Royal Air Force as ever. Undersea cables provide internet links to the Americas, transmitting trillions of pounds of financial transactions which if disrupted could cripple the economy.
RAF Lossiemouth’s sub-hunting P8s provide constant vigilance to threats above and below the waves and protect the UKs nuclear deterrent. This is the frontline of UK defence delivered every day from RAF Lossiemouth’s strategic location and the building name reflects the heritage of the Squadron and the importance of the mission currently being undertaken.
Photo: SAC Sian Stephens
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