Royal Air Force’s newest aircraft ‘Guernsey’s Reply’ arrives in Scotland

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Wing Commander Adam Smolak, Officer Commanding 201 Squadron stands in front of the newest aircraft to arrive at RAF Lossimeouth, ZP806, "Guernsey's Reply". Photo: SAC Sian Stephens - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

ZP806, the newest P-8A Poseidon Aircraft has arrived at RAF Lossiemouth today.

The aircraft named “Guernsey’s Reply” sits on Delta in front of the Strategic Facility and is the latest instalment of the P-8A Poseidon program to be delivered to RAF Lossiemouth.

It arrives today, the 21st September 2021, after a long journey from Naval Air Station Jacksonville in the United States of America.

The Aircraft will bolster the already established aircraft, The Pride of Moray, The City of Elgin, Sir Terence Bulloch DSO* DFC*, Spirit of Reykjavik and Fulmar, bring the total number of P-8A aircraft to six.

RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, north-east Scotland is one of two RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) stations which protect UK airspace.

In general terms, RAF Lossiemouth protects the UK’s northern airspace, and RAF Coningsby protects the south.

Team Lossie is made up of four Typhoon combat aircraft squadrons, a Poseidon MRA1 squadron and an RAF Regiment squadron. 

Aircraft and crews are maintained on high alert in order to scramble and intercept unidentified aircraft approaching UK airspace.

RAF Lossiemouth personnel and aircraft also support operations worldwide and host numerous national and international exercises.

Photo: SAC Sian Stephens – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

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