Visit of HRH the Countess Of Wessex

Her Royal Highness, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex made her annual visit to RAF Wittering in her role as the Station’s Honorary Air Commodore.

Pupils from Wittering Primary School greeted the Countess outside the Officers’ Mess, before she presented citations and medals in a short honours and awards ceremony before lunch.

A dynamic flying display by a Grob Tutor aircraft from Cambridge University Air Squadron greeted Her Royal Highness as she was introduced to three students from the unit, which is due to relocate to RAF Wittering early in 2015.

Cadet Christopher Khoo gave the Countess an in-depth look at the Grob Tutor. The aircraft is used across all three services for elementary flying training.

After a brief presentation from 71 Inspection and Repair Squadron, which specialises in repairing damaged aircraft in deployed locations; the Countess visited Wittering Primary School to open the renamed Wittering Families’ Centre.

The Wittering Primary School Families’ Centre recently received funding from the Armed Forces’ Community Covenant, which enables military establishments to materially contribute to worthwhile community projects.

Rhys Thrower, head teacher of Wittering Primary School said: “It’s been a great day for the school, the families and the children. Her Royal Highness has a real understanding of the value of the Wittering Families’ Centre and what it means for us.”

Group Captain Damian Alexander said: “We’re deeply honoured to have welcomed Her Royal Highness here today; the visit has been most rewarding. I’m always struck by just how appreciative Her Royal Highness is about what we contribute, both to Defence and the community, and have really enjoyed the excitement and genuine pleasure that her visit has brought to the Station.

“Today we’ve shown Her Royal Highness how we recognise our Service and civilian personnel, explained the future for RAF Wittering, and have demonstrated how we’re making a positive contribution to the community. It’s been a really successful day for the Station and our neighbours in Wittering village.”

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