The Icelandic Ambassador to the UK, Sturla Sigurjónsson, has paid a visit to RAF Lossiemouth to renew the historic links which exist between 120 Squadron and Iceland which date back to the Second World War.
The RAF say in a news release that during the visit they viewed Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft ZP804 which is named ‘Spirit of Reykjavik’ in honour of the role played by the Icelandic capital and its people in enabling the Allied victory during the Battle of the Atlantic.
Group Captain Layden, Station Commander RAF Lossiemouth, was quoted as saying:
“I’m delighted to welcome Mr Sigurjónsson to RAF Lossiemouth, to celebrate the historic connection between Iceland and the UK’s maritime patrol heritage. At our darkest hour, the people of Iceland welcomed the RAF and their support was crucial to our victory in the Battle of the Atlantic. Now, as then, our two nations remain firm friends and partners in the cause of Euro-Atlantic security.”
Mr Sigurjónsson, Icelandic Ambassador to the UK, was quoted as saying:
“Peace, stability and security in the North-Atlantic is of fundamental importance to Iceland. This has been our objective for decades, achieved in close consultation and cooperation with our Allies. We welcome and appreciate the UK’s contribution, including the return of British maritime patrol aircraft to the region. The naming of a P-8 as ‘The Spirit of Reykjavik’ reflects the close ties between our countries.”