In April, on a glorious, sunny, rather windy day, No 1 RAF Force Protection Wing and No 3 Squadron RAF Regiment held their disbandment parade at RAF Wittering.
The Honorary Air Commodore to the RAF Regiment, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, was in attendance as the Reviewing Officer along with the Honorary Air Commodore to 504 Royal Auxiliary Air Force Squadron, Dr Laurence Howard, Lord Lieutenant of Rutland. Two flights of 3 Squadron Gunners conducted the parade under Squadron Leader Phil Skorge, as the Parade Commander, to a rousing performance from The Band of the Royal Air Force College. A fly-past from a Typhoon of No 3 (F) Squadron, RAF Coningsby, highlighted the Squadron’s key part in enabling Air Power throughout many areas of conflict over its illustrious 93 year history; from 1922 when it was an Armoured Car Company in Iraq to more recent campaigns in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The parade was followed by a gathering of the Squadron at the A1 Club with serving members and their families along with previous serving members of the Wing and Squadron in attendance. With the sun beaming all afternoon, stories were regaled from the Wing and Squadron’s varied and unique pasts, with photographs and 3 Squadron memorabilia providing the décor for the event over a well-earned BBQ.
The No 3 Squadron RAF Regiment Standard, adorned with scorpion and bayonet, was lodged in the Rotunda at RAF College Cranwell on Friday, April 17 with a short ceremony attended by Air Commodore Andrew Hall, Air Officer Force Protection, and Warrant Officer John Gall, RAF Regiment Force Warrant Officer. The occasion marked the end of another chapter in the Squadron’s proud history and offered the opportunity for those present to toast to all those that have served on the Squadron. It also served as a reminder that lodging the Standard offers the possibility for No 3 Squadron RAF Regiment to reform again, should the need arise. Following the disbandment, 3 Squadron personnel depart Wittering heading to RAF and RAF Regiment units across the UK, ready to embark on the future challenges that lie ahead for the Service.
As the final submission to the Wittering View for No 3 Squadron RAF Regiment, we would like to thank the Station Commander and all of the personnel at RAF Wittering for their outstanding support throughout the time the Squadron has served at RAF Wittering. All 3 Squadron personnel will leave the station with a sense of pride at being part of a superb community and what many have called home for the time that they served here. 3 Squadron bid farewell to RAF Wittering and wish the Station, and all of its personnel, continued success and the very best for the future.