Exercise Moray Venture

by Royal Air Force from press release

2014/03/18 | 480 words | AVIATION WORLD NEWS | DEFENCE

Three RAF Typhoons from 6 Squadron, RAF Leuchars, will take part in Exercise Moray Venture at RAF Lossiemouth from 17th – 28th March.

The purpose of the Exercise is to test the new operating facilities for 6 Squadron ahead of their arrival at RAF Lossiemouth in June. A secondary purpose for the Typhoons to utilise their new facilities on Station is for RAF Lossiemouth personnel to gain experience and exposure of Typhoon specific operations.

Number 6 Squadron became the first Typhoon fighter squadron to be based in Scotland when it officially stood up at RAF Leuchars in September 2010. 6 Squadron took over responsibility for providing the northern element of the Quick Reaction Alert force in March 2011, providing aircraft and crews on high alert to scramble and intercept unidentified aircraft approaching UK airspace. 2012 also saw 6 Squadron become the first front-line Typhoon Unit to mount the RAF Typhoon Display, successfully completing a full programme of events around the UK.

Wing Commander Mike Baulkwill, Officer Commanding 6 Squadron, said: “Exercise Moray Venture is an exciting exercise for 6 Squadron; it forms just one part of our overall plan to move the Squadron successfully to RAF Lossiemouth in June this year. The exercise will allow the Squadron to operate and engineer from its new buildings, whilst offering RAF Lossiemouth the chance to work alongside Typhoon. The exercise will see Typhoon flying all types of missions, Close Air Support with the British Army right through to Air Defence missions over the North Sea. The Squadron is really looking forward to the move, and the welcome that RAF Lossiemouth has afforded us has been superb. As always it is vital that we ensure that our people are looked after throughout the transition period and to that end this Exercise offers us all another opportunity to work and live at RAF Lossiemouth before our move later this year.”

Squadron Leader Cameron Gibb, 6 Squadron’s Senior Engineering Officer, said: “Exercise MORAY VENTURE is the first opportunity for 6 Squadron to work from our new hangar at RAF Lossiemouth. The Exercise gives us time before we relocate the entire Squadron in June to get a feel for how we engineer, plan and operate Typhoon from our new base. It’s important for 6 Squadron and RAF Lossiemouth to set the scene for the years to come and to allow the Squadron personnel the chance to see how great they new set up, Station and local area are. It also gives the Station the chance to get to know a bit more about Typhoon. 6 squadron are very happy that our relocation is to a Station with such a good support set up and happy to be bringing aircraft operations back up to speed following the recent disbandment of 12(B) and 617 Sqn. 6 Squadron reformed at RAF Lossiemouth as a Jaguar Squadron in 1974, so it’s great that we can come back 40 years later with the RAF’s newest combat aircraft.”

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