Farewell 27 Squadron RAF Regt
RAF Honington has bid farewell to Number 27 Squadron RAF Regiment as their disbandment parade took place on 6 Oct 21. The Parade was led by Squadron Leader James Baldwin with Air Vice Marshall A K Gillespie as the Reviewing Officer.
The Squadron have since lodged the Squadron Standard at RAF College Cranwell, with the lodging ceremony a poignant end to the 70 years of Service to the RAF Regiment. After a recap of the Squadron’s varied history delivered by the Squadron Commander, the Standard was blessed by the Padre before being hung in the rotunda of College Hall Officers’ Mess, along with the Standards of No 3, 58 and its sister Squadron, No. 26 Squadron RAF Regiment.
RAF Honington Station Commander Group Captain Dutch Holland said: “27 Squadron RAF Regiment has a long and distinguished history which I am proud to be part of – my first assignment was on the Squadron then based at RAF Leuchars. Today another chapter of our Regimental history ends – that of Defence C-CBRN with the handover of this specialist capability to our Army colleagues. Let us never forget the performance of this elite Squadron in responding to the Salisbury Novichok poisonings and the strategic importance and public safety role that they successfully delivered. The 27 Sqn RAF Regiment Standard will be laid up at the RAF College Cranwell for a time when the nation may call on it again.”
Squadron personnel will continue their career within the RAF Force Protection Force, becoming members of other RAF Regiment Force Elements and Training Establishments across the UK.