The Ministry of Defence say that the long-term home for the fleet of submarine-hunting aircraft in Moray, Scotland, will be known as the Atlantic Building.
According to a news release:
“The Atlantic Ocean was, and remains, of vital strategic importance to the United Kingdom. During WWII the UK required more than a million tons of shipping to be delivered per week to survive which was jeopardised by the devastating losses inflicted on Allied shipping convoys by enemy submarines.
CXX Squadron re-formed as a Maritime Patrol Squadron and deployed to Iceland in 1941 where they served with distinction and courage in the Battle of the Atlantic rapidly becoming the most successful Antisubmarine Warfare Squadron in history.”
Jeremy Quin, Defence Minister, was quoted as saying:
“The state-of-the-art ‘Atlantic Building’ enables our Poseidon fleet to perform their vital role for UK defence. T he building’s name reflects the heritage of CXX Squadron and the importance of the aircraft’s mission to protect our maritime interests. This fantastic facility is a key part of Defence’s £360m investment in RAF Lossiemouth, which has created and supported hundreds of jobs in Moray.”
Alister Jack, Scottish Secretary, said:
“This crucial facility serves as an important reminder as to why RAF Lossiemouth is one of the most key military air stations in western Europe. The fleet of Poseidon submarine hunting aircraft based here are vital to maintaining the security of the UK and our NATO allies by providing constant vigilance to threats on and under the sea and protecting the UK’s nuclear deterrent. The Atlantic Building – part of a £360m investment in the air base, creating and supporting hundreds of jobs locally – demonstrates powerfully how important defence is to Scotland and how important Scotland is to the defence of the UK and NATO.”
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