The new squadron will join its sister unit, 6 squadron as the second Typhoon unit based at RAF Leuchars. The newly formed squadron will fly alongside the existing Typhoon’s, which have been deployed since 2010. Responsible for northern Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) duties and secondary precision ground attack capability.
During the stand-up ceremony Officer Commanding of 1 Squadron, Wing Commander Mark Flewing, was presented with an honorary squadron sword by Eurofighter Export Director Joe Parker.
After the stand-up parade during which the RAF Deputy Chaplain-in-Chief consecreted a new squadron standard. Three flypasts took place recognising the squadron’s proud history and new role.
Formed in 1912 1 (F) Squadron is the oldest military squadron in the world. Over its hundered year history the squadron has included an impressive list of iconic aircraft from Spitfire, Hunter and Harrier. The squadron was disbanded in 2011 when the Harrier was retired out of service.
There are now four Typhoon front line squadrons in the Royal Air Force, with Number 3 (F) and XI squadrons being based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.