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.”

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Ian M.
Ian M.
4 months ago

Do you think the RAF gave him cod for lunch?

Gareth
Gareth
4 months ago
Reply to  Ian M.

There’s a time and a plaice for that sort of thing

David
David
4 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

Really have to fillet these replies out.

There should be more sole in what we post.

Ian M.
Ian M.
4 months ago
Reply to  David

 😉 

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
4 months ago
Reply to  Ian M.

Did he mackerel? No, I was herring that he trout about the haddock… Lol 😁
Sorry for my bad Fishglish!

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
4 months ago
Reply to  David

Brilliant.

Ian M.
Ian M.
4 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

 😂 

Bob
Bob
4 months ago
Reply to  Ian M.

No, that’s a missed hake

David Barry
David Barry
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Good! Focpmsl

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Laughing down here in Sydney! 😁

Nicholas
Nicholas
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Just for the Halibut.

Andy P
Andy P
4 months ago
Reply to  Ian M.

Looks like he’s having a whale of a time…..

I’m assuming he’s topping up on the duty free too, even in Wee Jimmy’s Utopic alcohol unit priced Empire, its cheaper than Iceland.

Derek
Derek
4 months ago
Reply to  Andy P

What a load of Pollocks!

Mark Forsyth
Mark Forsyth
4 months ago

No mention of our invading them at the start of WW2.

barry white
barry white
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Forsyth

If we didnt Adolf would have and then they would have been under the nazi jackboot
I think you will find they welcomed us with open arms
So whats your point

John
John
4 months ago
Reply to  barry white

We invaded them against their will, which they weren’t to happy about. That’s his point.

Harry Bulpit
Harry Bulpit
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Forsyth

It is funny. I remember when I went to Iceland the local guide referred to it as “when the British visited” them.

farouk
farouk
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Forsyth

It never fails to amaze me, how wonks crawl out from their moms bedroom expressing fake outrage in which to try and claim the moral highground .

Mark Forsyth
Mark Forsyth
4 months ago
Reply to  farouk

I suppose I should have finished my statement with a smiley  😀 
I only raised it, as a point of interest, as so meany people seem to not know their history. If it has caused people to google “did UK invade Iceland” then hopefully they will have learnt a bit more history. I am aware of it, as my father was based there for 2 years, having been diverted after the failed landings in Norway.

farouk
farouk
4 months ago
Reply to  Mark Forsyth

Mark, These past few years has seen a huge rise in misinformation directed at the Uk regards the past , all with the aim of painting the Uk as the most evil empire on the planet. this of late has manifested itself in the promotion of Black Lies Matter where whitey can only be guilty and change must be made in which to elevate recent arrivals, the alphabet people and those who left the Uk to work in Alis snack bar across the ME into high and mighty positions of political and social control over the rest of us.. Back… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by farouk
barry white
barry white
4 months ago
Reply to  farouk

Well said

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
4 months ago
Reply to  farouk

Absolutely brilliant. Post of the year and I’d buy that man a pint.

John Clark
John Clark
3 months ago

Another excellent contribution from Farouk….

Since the 1970’s, elements within the UK have constantly attacked and undermined the national self confidence.

Many have the blinkered attitude that the UK is still stuck in the 70’s, a sort of depressing, grim post industrial, permanent winter waistland, best embraced by the likes of miserable sod Jimmy McGoverns, depressing ‘ Britains Shit’ TV dramas.

This same left leaning mob has totally embraced Cancel culture, as a way of really swinging the axe with unadulterated glee, at the UK and it’s history…..

Steve Salt
Steve Salt
4 months ago
Reply to  farouk

” Wonks ” Lol !  😂  😅  😂  👍 

Harry Bulpit
Harry Bulpit
4 months ago

“the people of Iceland welcomed the RAF and their support was crucial” an interesting way to describe a unopposed invasion.

dan
dan
4 months ago

Have the Brits shown any interest in acquiring the AN/APS-154 Advanced Airborne Sensor for their P-8s. Would be a great addition especially since they got rid of their Sentinels.

Johan
Johan
4 months ago
Reply to  dan

The Pod has been linked to the reason the E-7 numbers have been cut from 5 to 3. as they offer the same capability. also as RAF was no longer prepared to have costs Aircraft doing Army work. BUT WHO KNOWS,

DaveyB
DaveyB
4 months ago
Reply to  Johan

Err, I don’t think so. The E7’s MESA is in a different league compared to the P8’s AAS. The MESA can do everything the AAS can do and at a longer range, whilst the AAS can only do some of the roles the MESA does.