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Two RAF Tornado Squadrons To Go,Jobs Safe For The Moment.

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And so it begins..

http://www.defencemanagement.com/news_story.asp?id=15638
MoD scraps two Tornado squadrons
01 March 2011


Two Tornado squadrons are to be disbanded as part of cuts outlined in the Strategic Defence and Security Review, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

The RAF will lose XIII Squadron, currently based at RAF Marham, and 14 Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth.

The ministry said the loss of the squadrons was not an indication of the outcome of an ongoing review of basing throughout the UK.

The squadrons have been selected by the Air Force Board Standing Committee, and the seniority of each squadron was said to be a factor in each decision.

The cuts will leave the RAF with five frontline Tornado squadrons and a total of 136 Tornado GR4 aircraft.

Personnel from the two squadrons will not automatically be made redundant, the RAF has said, with alternative work being found in the short term.

The RAF expects that "the majority" will be found alternative permanent roles, although not necessarily in the same location.

Personnel in areas which the RAF has identified a surplus will be able to apply for, redundancy as well as exploring other options within the Service.

The squadrons will be formally stood down on 1 June.
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  • molerat
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    Just as we are possibly about to commit air cover to Libya.
  • spike7451
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    molerat wrote: »
    Just as we are possibly about to commit air cover to Libya.

    We're sending some Typhoons to provide an Airshow..sorry..air cover!:p
  • Fergie76
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    Also the Type 22's have been scrapped.
  • WhiteHorse
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    Hospitals closing, schools falling apart, armed forces slashed, the list goes on. All because of the need to 'save money'.

    And yet ... there's no problem spending millions on a shuttle service to get foreign nationals home from Libya.
    "Never underestimate the mindless force of a government bureaucracy
    seeking to expand its power, dominion and budget"
    Jay Stanley, American Civil Liberties Union.
  • Murphy_The_Cat
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    WhiteHorse wrote: »
    Hospitals closing, schools falling apart, armed forces slashed, the list goes on. All because of the need to 'save money'.

    And yet ... there's no problem spending millions on a shuttle service to get foreign nationals home from Libya.

    or giving billions of taxpayers money away in 'foreign aid'.
  • Fergie76
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    or giving billions of taxpayers money away in 'foreign aid'.

    Don't get me started on that! :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
  • The_Matelot
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    Mmmmm now they will be able to understand how us harrier lot have felt since october 22nd. None of their smarmy remarks now
    Fleet Air Arm - 800 NAS - *Nunquam Non Paratus*
    Showing the 'Crabs' how its done for over a hundred years!
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  • WhiteHorse
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    or giving billions of taxpayers money away in 'foreign aid'.
    Best of all is the foreign aid given to India, a country with a nuclear weapons program!

    Weapons which, furthermore, are likely to end up being pointed at us!
    "Never underestimate the mindless force of a government bureaucracy
    seeking to expand its power, dominion and budget"
    Jay Stanley, American Civil Liberties Union.
  • Murphy_The_Cat
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    WhiteHorse wrote: »
    Best of all is the foreign aid given to India, a country with a nuclear weapons program!

    Weapons which, furthermore, are likely to end up being pointed at us!

    & don't forget the (hundreds of) millions of pounds of taxpayers money that we are also going to give to nuclear weapons armed Pakistan
  • Fergie76
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    I would stop all foreign aid. Get this country back on the straight and narrow, give the Forces a huge pay rise :D and then in about 10 years when we are back on an even keel, then maybe think about some foreign aid.
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