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RAF squadron moves from Norfolk to Lossiemouth

One of the RAF's oldest squadrons is to be transferred from Norfolk to Lossiemouth in Scotland.

Number II (Army Co-operation) Squadron, based at RAF Marham, will move to RAF Lossiemouth in Moray in 2015, armed forces minister Mark Francois has announced.

The unit celebrated 100 years of service in 2012 and is currently training for its next tour of duty in Afghanistan.

On its return the squadron will swap its Tornadoes for the latest Eurofighter Typhoons and make the move north.

The RAF plans to replace all its Tornado GR4 aircraft with Typhoon and F35B Lightning II fighters by 2019.

Mr Francois said: "Number II (AC) Sqn has the distinction of being one of the oldest fixed-wing flying squadrons in the world, having formed in 1912.

"Since being equipped with Tornado aircraft in 1989 it has served with distinction on operations in Libya, the Balkans and Iraq and will complete its final tour of duty in Afghanistan in early 2014.

"I can announce that it will formally disband as a Tornado Squadron on March 31 2015 and will re-equip to form a new frontline Typhoon Squadron based at RAF Lossiemouth the next day on April 1 2015."

"I am sure that Number II (AC) Squadron's valuable contribution to operations throughout its long and distinguished history will continue as it helps maintain the strong traditions of RAF Lossiemouth as a main operating base for the RAF into the future."

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