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Princess Anne at 101 Squadron's 100th anniversary

A special occasion at RAF Brize Norton Credit: Crown Copyright 2017

Today, the Princess Royal was at Brize Norton as the RAF marked 100 years since the formation of 101 squadron, with a special flypast. Since it formed the squadron has flown more bombing raids than any other in the second world war, dropped the first and last bombs on the Falklands, and carried the last troops out of Afghanistan. Penny Silvester has more.

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Royal visit to mark 101 Squadron's centenary

101 Squadron await the arrival of the Princess Royal

Number 101 Squadron are celebrating their centenary at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, is attending the Centenary celebrations. The unit was formed in South farnborough on the 12th July 1917. Two weeks later its air and ground crews were deployed to the Western Front during World War One.

Veterans have assembled at RAF Brize Norton for centenary celebrations

In more recent times, No. 101 Squadron's crews have been deployed in the Gulf and the Falklands. Its teams have also supported both the AAR (air-to-air refuelling) and AT (Air Transport) roles in a number of Armed Forces deployments all over the world.

"It's great to know the town supports us" - RAF awarded the Freedom of the Town in Carterton

Members of the RAF have been exercising their right to the Freedom of the Town in Carterton in a parade, after being awarded the honour. SAC Georgia Wray from RAF Brize Norton said it was an indicator of the strong link between the town and the RAF in Oxfordshire.

On parade: The RAF marks the Freedom of Carterton

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Respects paid to RAF airmen in funeral cortege

Flight Lieutenants Geraint Roberts and Alan Scott lost their lives in Kabul, Afghanistan Credit: MoD

They were described as two of the most capable and dedicated members of the air force. Today two flight lieutenants based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, were flown home.

Hundreds of people lined the streets as the bodies of Alan Scott of 33 Squadron Royal Air Force and Geraint Roberts of 230 Squadron Royal Air Force were brought through Brize Norton. Our reporter Chris Maughan was there.

The interviewees are Councillor Lynn Little, the Mayor of Carterton and Steve Blundell of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch.

Repatriation of soldiers to RAF Brize Norton underway

Flight Lieutenants Geraint Roberts and Alan Scott lost their lives in Afghanistan Credit: MoD

A military aircraft is carrying the bodies of Flight Lieutenant Alan Scott of 33 Squadron Royal Air Force and Flight Lieutenant Geraint Roberts of 23 Squadron Royal Air Force back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

The two men from the base were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan last week.

Three others also died when the Puma Mark Two attempted to land in Kabul.

Reserves leave Brize Norton to help Ebola victims

UK Reserves prepare to leave for Sierra Lione Credit: MOD

This morning saw the first UK reserves and 100 of their regular counterparts depart for Sierra Leone where they will help to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

UK Reserves prepare to leave for Sierra Lione Credit: MOD

The regular and reserve personnel from across the three Services departed from RAF Brize Norton alongside members of the Canadian military.

UK Reserves prepare to leave for Sierra Lione Credit: MOD

Once in country, personnel will take over from clinicians attached to 22 Field Hospital, who have been deployed since October, manning the 12 bed facility reserved to treat healthcare workers with Ebola.

MOD unveils next generation aircraft at RAF Brize Norton

The first of the UK’s A400M Atlas next-generation military transport aircraft has today been officially unveiled by the MOD at its new home at RAF Brize Norton.

The aircraft will replace the existing fleet of C-130 Hercules which have been the tried and trusted workhorse of the RAF’s Air Transport Fleet for decades.

Manufactured by Airbus Defence & Space, A400M Atlas will represent major advances on its predecessor, capable of flying almost twice as fast, twice as far and carrying almost twice as much cargo.

With a cargo capacity of 32 tonnes and a hold optimised for carriage of heavy vehicles, helicopters or cargo pallets, the aircraft is capable of supporting a wide range of operational scenarios.

The UK is the third country to operate the aircraft, after France and Turkey and the £2.8bn programme will see a total of 22 aircraft delivered to the RAF in the coming years.

The A400M Atlas military aircraft Credit: UK Crown Copyright 2014
The A400M Atlas military aircraft Credit: UK Crown Copyright 2014
The A400M Atlas military aircraft Credit: UK Crown Copyright 2014
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