AN RAF regiment experienced a 'once in a career event' as they were presented with their new Squadron Standard.

No II Squadron RAF Regiment received the standard at RAF Brize Norton last week after recently moving all 132 of its personnel from RAF Honington, in Suffolk.

The standard's recent arrival at the West Oxfordshire air base was marked by a parade attended by the families of the squadron's personnel.

Air officer commanding 2 group, air vice marshal David Cooper made the formal presentation, while chaplain in chief, the venerable (air vice marshal) John Ellis, consecrated the standard.

Corporal Chris Jones said: “The standard hasn’t changed since I have been on the Squadron, the last one was 29 years ago so this is usually a once in a career event.

"With the move to RAF Brize Norton, it was like our official arrival.

"The parade took a lot of preparation but we are really excited and the weather turned out for us.”

Squadron leader Mark Bowden added: "We place a tremendous amount of stress on our families and without their unwavering support we would not be able to achieve what is asked of us by the service.

"It was fantastic to be able to have them on the Parade Ground with us yesterday to mark this significant occasion.

"We are all energised by the opportunities that now lie ahead and look forward to developing our support for both the Station and the Air Mobility Force.”

No II Squadron's move was driven by operational requirements and the new structure of the RAF Regiment as part of Force Protection (FP) transformation.

The squadron has been at the very forefront of this transition, taking on the operational task of Air Mobility Protection Teams.