Royal visit for RAF Leuchars

His Royal Highness the Duke of Kentwas met with an Honour Guard at RAF Leuchars.

His Royal Highness the Duke of Kentwas met with an Honour Guard at RAF Leuchars.

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His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, in his role as Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Leuchars, has paid an official visit to the station.

The Duke was met with an honour guard and received a warm welcome from the station commander before touring the base.

At 1 (Fighter) Squadron – home of the world’s oldest flying squadron and the station’s Typhoon aircraft – representatives from across RAF Leuchars briefed the Duke on the base’s current priorities, including the provision of Quick Reaction Alert North and the ongoing relocation of Typhoon to RAF Lossiemouth.

The Duke made a further stop at the Typhoon simulator for a first-hand look at one of the vital tools used to train fourth generation combat pilots.

Throughout his tour, he took the opportunity to speak to a number of the station personnel.

Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew, Air Officer Scotland and RAF Leuchars station commander, said: “It was a privilege to welcome His Royal Highness to RAF Leuchars and apprise him of the many achievements the station has made since his last visit.

“Our personnel recently delivered the successful relocation of 6 Squadron to RAF Lossiemouth and, despite the demands placed upon us by this transition, we continue to maintain both the continued growth of the Typhoon force in 1(Fighter) Squadron, as well as our constant vigil over northern UK airspace.

“All of this is down to the hard work and outstanding efforts of every air man and woman at RAF Leuchars. They should all be rightly proud of what they have accomplished.”