The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Royal Air Force is reforming an auxiliary squadron in Wales, 57 years after its disbandment. The announcement follows a series of proposals outlined in the independent review of the UK’s reserve forces, part of the overall strategic defence and security review in 2010.
The newly reformed squadron’s commanding officer, Wing Commander Phil Sagar, said:
“As reserves play a bigger part in the UK’s military strategy, the reforming of 614 Squadron will provide an exciting and challenging opportunity for people in Wales to be part of the future of their Royal Air Force.”
Efforts to re-launch 614 Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force is now nearing completion, with an emphasis to start recruiting personnel to man the squadron in the near future.
Upon learning of the announcement, Dr Swinburne MEP commented:
“I am delighted to hear of the Ministry of Defence’s decision to reform 614 Squadron in Wales, especially considering the UK’s reserve forces play such a crucial role in the nation’s defence capabilities.
“The opportunities to develop skills in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force squadron are endless, and provide for an excellent opportunity for those who are interested to train with likeminded driven, and professional individuals.
“I wish Wing Commander Sagar the best in the recruitment process for the squadron, and look forward to hearing of its successes in the weeks and months to come.”
If you are interested in joining the reserve forces, find out how you can get involved at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-defence/about/recruitment#join-the-reserves