Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



SNP Defence Spokesperson and Westminster Candidate for Moray, Angus Robertson, has commended the work of the RAF Lossiemouth Search and Rescue force, as the squadron is disbanded.

Mr Robertson, who has been MP in Moray since 2001 and is standing for re-election has long argued against the disbandment of RAF Search and Rescue and has regularly commended the highly challenging work carried out by Search and Rescue Personnel.

Commenting on the work of the Air Force personnel on the day the search and rescue role is handed over to Bristows at Inverness Airport the SNP’s Angus Robertson said:

“The RAF personnel who have worked in 202 Sqadron D Flt Search and Rescue can be very proud of the lifesaving role they have played from Lossiemouth. Helicopters are have prepared and dispatched to hundreds of missions every year, and over the years many, many people owe their lives to the dedication of personnel on D Flight at Lossiemouth.

“It is telling that the planned handover time was delayed while they were in the midst of a search and rescue mission around Ben Nevis, which is ample demonstration of the vital role they have played.

“It is a sad day for Lossiemouth, for Moray and for the many people much further afield who have have great affection for the familiar yellow Sea King helicopters and a great respect for the men and women of the squadron that has operated them so effectively.

“While I have been highly critical of the decision to disband and privatise the Search and Rescue Force, today the focus is on the commitment of the thousands of personnel who have worked with the Squadron in its lifetime, the thousands who have been rescued by them, and marking that exceptional service to the military and to our communities.”