The Princess Royal has visited RAF Brize Norton in her capacity as the Station’s Honorary Air Commodore.

During the visit, she was hosted by the Air Mobility Force Commander, Air Commodore Anthony Lyle, and the Station Commander, Group Captain Emily Flynn.

The visit began with a demonstration of the RAF’s Air Mobility capability and recent operations.

Briefings were provided by aircrew, engineers, air despatch specialists, parachute jumping instructors and medical teams, and included an overview of A400M capability development as the C130J approaches its retirement next year.

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The Community Support team, who provide activities support and advice to service personnel and their families, welcomed The Princess Royal with a celebratory tea party.

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It was attended by personnel and their families who have contributed to life on the Station or have recent experience of the impact of military deployments on themselves or their family. 

The Princess Royal also presided over the presentation of Honours and Awards including the Royal Warrant, Military Service Medals, Operational Service Medals, and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal.

Air Commodore Lyle said: “It was a great privilege to have the opportunity to demonstrate some of the Air Mobility Force capabilities to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, and for her to speak with some of the Force’s highly motivated and skilled personnel about their experiences delivering global operational effect.”

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Group Captain Flynn added: "The Station was honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal back to RAF Brize Norton in her capacity as the Honorary Air Commodore.

"The visit not only provided the opportunity to update her on our operational capabilities and recent operational missions, but also to meet personnel who make up the wider RAF family and present a range of honours and awards which reflect the impressive service given my members of the Station.”