Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: UK confirms two Tornado GR4 squadrons will go by June

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Penguin. Tasmania.
    Posts
    1,656
    Post Thanks / Like

    UK confirms two Tornado GR4 squadrons will go by June

    DATE:01/03/11
    SOURCE:Flight International


    Two of the UK Royal Air Force's Panavia Tornado GR4 squadrons are to be decommissioned on 1 June, as the service's fleet of the type will be reduced to 136 aircraft.

    The RAF confirms that the units to fall victim of the Tornado force reduction are Marham-based 13 Sqn and 14 Sqn, which is located at Lossiemouth in Scotland.



    These squadrons have been selected by the Air Force Board Standing Committee, taking into account operational commitments and the relative seniority of the squadrons at each base," the RAF says
    "The choice of these squadrons in no way indicates the direction of ongoing basing discussions," it adds.

    But we all know by now that what the Government and the MOD say and what they eventually do are entirely different matters.


    Removing the two units from its force structure will reduce the size of the Tornado GR4 force to five frontline squadrons, and forms part of a process through which around 1,020 RAF personnel will be notified of their redundancy by September. These will represent the first casualties of a process that will eventually reduce the service's staffing level by 5,000 posts.

    "These reductions in manpower requirements result from changes to force structures and reform in the way in which we do business; there will be no effect on current operations," says defence secretary Liam Fox.

    Meanwhile, Fox says the MoD is still working on the details of a plan to remove a large number of student pilots from the RAF's training system.

    "A decision has been taken to remove up to 170 RAF student pilots from the flying training pipeline. The criteria being used to select those trainee pilots to be removed will be a combination of the service need, officer qualities, ground-based pilot aptitude testing, and flying performance to date," he says.

    "The selection process for re-streaming trainee pilots is not due to finish until mid-March," Fox told the House of Commons on 28 February.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...o-by-june.html

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Chatham, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    4,331
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    2

    Re: UK confirms two Tornado GR4 squadrons will go by June

    That sure doesn't sound good for the Lossiemouth base. I think they and Leuchars are the only bases left in Scotland. I would have thought Scotland would want to retain at least 1 base in Scotland.

    Guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

    Alastair

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Old Kilpatrick, West Dunbartonshire
    Posts
    47
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: UK confirms two Tornado GR4 squadrons will go by June

    Scotland wants to keep the 2 bases at Leuchars and Lossiemouth. The problem is that these decisions are made at Westminster and not Edinburgh.

    Scots have no or little say in the matter.


    dmf

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Falkirk Scotland UK
    Posts
    1,487
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: UK confirms two Tornado GR4 squadrons will go by June

    And here is a link to the very sad ending.

    Parade marks RAF Lossiemouth Tornado disbandment

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...tland-13127449

    Ranald

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Southeast Wyoming
    Posts
    411
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: UK confirms two Tornado GR4 squadrons will go by June

    I have been following this thread for a few months and am not sure why northern bases would be considered for the ax. For the past sixty years the biggest threat to the island of Britain would come from the north if it came down to a shooting war. It doesn't make much sense to have to fly up from the south to respond to a aerial threat.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •