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February 2010

Snowed In

Snowed In

This picture shows the typical scene at RAF Cottesmore during Jan and part of Feb 10. Meanwhile, in sunnier climes, the Sqn took part in Ex RED FLAG from 25 Jan until 4 Feb 10 followed by a week-long heavy weapons detachment based at Nellis AFB. Ex RF was an extremely worthwhile detachment for the Sqn, meeting all of the exercise training objectives. In particular it contributed towards regeneration post Operation HERRICK with an emphasis on Air Interdiction, COMAO integration, night Low Level, Day OLF, Paveway IV in the planned mode and the introduction of Cap(EA) on the GR9. Paveway IV has greatly enhanced the capability of the Harrier and it is clearly a force multiplier. Building on the lessons from previous RFs, the Sqn was able to develop tactics further and these have been captured and will be implemented force wide through pilot working groups at home.

The Sqn recommenced flying from RAF Cottesmore on 18 Feb with the aim of completing as many pilot work ups as possible prior to the Sqn disbanding on 31 Mar, when it then reforms as IV(Reserve) Squadron at RAF Wittering on 1 Apr 10 as the OCU. In reality, Sqn personnel will rebrigade to other JFH units whilst the OCU personnel undergo a change of name.