Moray MP Douglas Ross has congratulated the personnel at RAF Lossiemouth after they put on a fantastic parade at the base as part of the celebration of two major events; the presentation of a new standard to CXX Squadron, and the formal naming of the £100m building that supports the fleet of Poseidon submarine hunting aircraft.
Douglas said: “It was an honour to be at RAF Lossiemouth to see the new Standard being presented, and the building that houses offices, simulators, and hangar bays for the Poseidon fleet being formally named the Atlantic Building.
“The £100m investment in the Atlantic Building is just part of a massive £360m package provided by the UK Government at RAF Lossiemouth for our growing Poseidon fleet which has not only created and sustained employment but is also great for the local economy in Moray.
Douglas added: “The parade was a tremendous spectacle, with the Atlantic Building as a backdrop and flanked by two Poseidon P8s, 60 personnel for CXX Squadron formally paraded for the first time since re-forming in 2020, accompanied by the RAF Lossiemouth Pipes and Drums. The event concluded with a stunning flypast of a Poseidon aircraft flanked by two Typhoons.”
The choice of Atlantic Building for the huge development at the base reflects the heritage of CXX Squadron, which was formed as a Maritime Patrol Squadron and deployed to Iceland in 1941 and ensured safe passage for the merchant fleet carrying essential supplies to Britain. During the Battle of the Atlantic CXX Squadron became the most successful anti-submarine warfare squadron in history. The name also reflects the importance of the Poseidon fleet and its importance in protecting the UK’s maritime interests.