RAF's first Poseidon submarine-hunter jet lands at home base in Scotland as commander heralds 'new era of combat airpower and maritime patrol'
The RAF's first Poseidon submarine-hunter jet has landed at its home base in Scotland.
The commander at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray described her arrival on Tuesday as signalling a 'new era for combat airpower and maritime patrol operations.'
The colossal jet - named the City of Elgin - landed on Lossiemouth's newly-laid runway after a 132 million upgrade of the base which houses the pilots, engineers and personnel who will operate the high-tech submarine hunters.
这架名为埃尔金市(City Of Elgin)的巨型喷气式飞机在对基地进行了1.32亿英镑的升级后，降落在洛西茅斯新铺设的跑道上。基地内有飞行员、工程师和操作高科技潜水艇猎人的人员。
Nine Poseidon MRA1 aircraft have been ordered, the first of which landed on UK soil for the first time in February 2020.Since then, crews have been securing the seas on operational missions.
Group Captain Chris Layden, station commander of RAF Lossiemouth, said: 'Today is a proud moment for Team Lossie, ushering in a new era for the station delivering combat airpower and maritime patrol operations over and around the United Kingdom.
'Yesterday I had the privilege of landing the first Typhoon on our newly resurfaced runways, and today I had the pleasure of welcoming in the first Poseidon to its permanent home in Moray.
'This is just the beginning of our expansion and modernisation as one of the RAF's most strategically important stations in the United Kingdom.'
Poseidon is a submarine hunter which can locate, identify and track potentially hostile vessels as they operate close to UK waters.
Its radar is also able to detect and track ships above the waves.
The jets have a communications suite which enables the intelligence it gathers to be passed to commanders whether they are in the air, on a ship, on the ground, or back at RAF Lossiemouth.
A total of 54 squadron members have been training new pilots and weapons systems operators on the platform, as 400 additional military personnel will be moving to Moray to fly and operate the aircraft.
All Typhoon and Poseidon operations are to be back at their permanent home at Lossiemouth on Friday.
Poseidon is designed to carry out extended surveillance missions at both high and low altitudes.
It is equipped with cutting-edge sensors which use high-resolution area mapping to find threats above and below water.
The Poseidon will also be armed with Harpoon anti-surface ship missiles and Mk 54 torpedoes capable of attacking both surface and sub-surface targets.
The aircraft will initially be flown by 120 Squadron, while 201 Squadron will join the programme in due course.
The 120 Squadron was originally stood up on January 1, 1918 and was the leading anti-submarine warfare squadron in the Second World War.