Colleagues at RAF Lossiemouth are presented with an engineering excellence award at a RAF awards night

Recently three of our employees who are part of the team based at RAF Lossiemouth received an award at the inaugural Station Night of Engineering Excellence. 

In attendance

The event, which was held in the Officers Mess included attendees from the RAF, industry partners, civil servants and two VIPs: Air Vice Marshall T Bishop and Ben Collins, better known as The Stig from BBC’s Top Gear programme.

Outstanding contributions

A variety of awards were given throughout the evening in recognition of outstanding contributions to the engineering output of the station in support to on-going operations. 

Congratulations is in order

Our team which includes Maleeha Sharkey, Tony Bishop and Flight Sergeant Jim Robertson (who is on secondment) was recognised for its sustained efforts in reducing the number of aircraft on the ground awaiting spares or technical information. 

The team have been able to harness their individual skills and their self-taught knowledge of RAF information technology systems, to drive down the number of cannibalisations (removing a spare from one aircraft to service another) and D states (aircraft awaiting spares), which contributed significantly to aircraft availability. 

Going above and beyond

OC Engineering Wing, Wg Cdr Tony Keeling, set up the awards to acknowledge and recognise the ‘one-team’ aspect of supporting front-line operations.

Speaking about the awards Tony said: “At RAF Lossiemouth we have a large number of talented and dedicated personnel who routinely go above and beyond in order to support operational output, both in the UK and overseas.

“It is important that their efforts are acknowledged and they are rewarded accordingly. The Engineering Night of Excellence Awards Dinner was a fantastic opportunity to recognise those who have excelled throughout the past 12 months. 

“The event celebrated the achievements of the whole Station engineering and logistics community including Avionics, General, Information and Communication Technology, Mechanical, Safety Equipment and Weapons Technicians, Civil Servants and Industry Partners, and it was great to see colleagues from BAE Systems amongst the prize-winners”.


John Bromehead, ATTAC (Availability Transformation Tornado Aircraft Contract) General Manager at RAF Lossiemouth said “This is a well-deserved award because the team have fully integrated themselves into the Logistics Operation Centre, the very heart of the Station and have earned the trust of the logistic and operations staff.  The fact the Customer has recognised their efforts is absolutely fantastic, well done to everyone involved”.