Two Royal Air Force Voyager tanker aircraft are now being deployed to refuel a cargo aircraft over the Arctic.

A source told me that a significant amount of goods brought to the UK over the course of December are being brought by this one cargo aircraft, so all efforts are being made to make sure it reaches its destination.

Details are scarce but it’s understood that the Voyager aircraft will be making sure the cargo aircraft has enough fuel to conduct an incredibly long haul flight. This is primarily due to the increased weight the aircraft has on taking off, meaning it burns more fuel.

Voyager, the RAF designation for the Airbus A330 MRTT, made its first operational tanker flight in May 2013. The UK operates a total of 14 Voyager aircraft, 5 of which are leased for commercial purposes when not required.

The operation, involving both Western and Russian forces, is being called Operation RED.

It is understood that the Ministry of Defence used satellites with infra-red sensors to track the aircraft, the heat from an animal’s red nose was clearly visible.

It has also been made clear in the last few moments the refuelling operation has now started and additional Typhoon aircraft have been scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth to begin escorting the cargo aircraft over every British city, town and village later tonight but it is understood that the aircraft has only been cleared to fly over the homes of good boys and girls as discussed above.

It is expected that the soon to be refuelled aircraft will enter UK airspace not a moment before midnight tonight. In addition to fuel, the Voyager aircraft has is also transferring over some biscuits and a large quantity of Brandy.

The British Armed Forces contribution to ‘Operation RED’

Excluding today’s news, there are two main efforts supporting Operation RED.

Speaking to NATO Maritime Command Admiral Feliz Navidad, we were told:

“So here it is merry Christmas.
Everybody’s having fun
Look to the future now
It’s only just begun!”

Merry Christmas everyone.

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James Fennell
James Fennell
26 days ago

Merry Christmas George and all the contributors and commentators on UKDJ. I have enjoyed our conversations this year. Take a much deserved break!

Last edited 26 days ago by James Fennell
Clive Cartey
Clive Cartey
26 days ago

Well, we have now gone from purile to infantile, very slickly done – my compliments. Can’t wait for April Fool’s day…… With Russia massing on the borders of Ukraine and little green men due over the border from Belarus any day plus, of course, Taiwan under an increasing real threat – let’s have silly headlines from a serious defence journal. If it really is a slow news day – there’s always the old standby of an article about NHS Scotland. Doubtless there will be hoardes of UKDJ ‘groupies’ who really appreciate the repetitive childish stories of reindeer and Father Christmas… Read more »

Mike O
Mike O
26 days ago
Reply to  Clive Cartey

Merry Christmas Clive.

Hamish
Hamish
26 days ago
Reply to  Clive Cartey

Yeah Merry Xmas Clive. We used to post this fun stuff when I was on deployment. Hope you get coal in your stocking you miserable git.

Farouk
Farouk
26 days ago
Reply to  Clive Cartey

Clive, It’s a military rag and squaddies (as well as the other 3) do subscribe to a very British trait that sadly is being eroded by PC speak. For example when one of my lance jacks was hit by a truck and put in hospital, (In front of me) I broke the news to my Oscar Charlie that the soldier in question wouldn’t be playing football for the squadron that weekend.  When on tour, I was handed a request from a Pen Pal who stated she didn’t want a reply from somebody non-white and how we all laughed when I… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
26 days ago
Reply to  Clive Cartey

Personally, I’m quite capable of doing defence analysis and being nice at Christmas, thank you.

Analysis? I reckon I could talk you under the table on the subject.

Anyway, as I earlier posted on an earlier thread –

“Merry Christmas to George and the UKDJ team. Thank you with providing this forum for us.
A Merry Christmas to all posters on the site, with especial mentions for my friends Airborne, Lusty, geoff, Robert B, John C, Klonkie, and others.”

As for Clive, hope you find a better UK centric defence site soon, and that you’ll be happy ever after.

David Barry
David Barry
26 days ago

Huff,you’re off my crimble card list.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
25 days ago
Reply to  David Barry

😆

Robert Blay.
Robert Blay.
25 days ago

Merry Christmas Daniele. Have a good one pal 👍🇬🇧

Airborne
Airborne
25 days ago

Spot on reply as ever mate, cool calm and calculated! Happy Xmas to you mate and the family, keep posting and stay safe!

Lusty
Lusty
25 days ago

I prefer helicopters anyway. Voyagers are no fun. Give me a Sea King any day. Perhaps Clive won’t approve, but we gave a Santa a dunk from one once. 😂 I may or may not have written ‘crab’ on one of the RAF’s cabs as well. I mean, ‘RAF’ Rescue was asking for it! Oopsie, can’t have fun. I do remember a B3 Type 22 playing silly buggers with the Russians. The crew made a bloody big torpedo tube out of all manner of crap from the ship and set it out on the deck to mess with the Russian… Read more »

Jonathan
Jonathan
25 days ago
Reply to  Clive Cartey

Clive Clive, the worse it becomes the more you need to laugh. Childish fun is the best way to manage the misery the world dishes out.

So I suggest doffing a silly hat and in the words of Elsa “ let it go”.

happy Christmas.

Airborne
Airborne
25 days ago
Reply to  Clive Cartey

I’m sure you just posted that so you get someone to speak to over Xmas with the replies! George’s site, he can do what he wants as 99% of the articles are serious and spot on. Just log off over Xmas and rejoin in Jan if these sort of light hearted stories make you glum!

AV
AV
25 days ago
Reply to  Clive Cartey

The 1st few years these Christmas posts (and especially the April fools ones) got me everytime lol… I think they should be regarded as expected now and wouldn’t have it any other way. Big thanks to George as always. Merry Christmas and all the best for an improved New Year to all on here.

Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach
25 days ago
Reply to  Clive Cartey

Bye, bye Clive.

Andrew
Andrew
25 days ago
Reply to  Clive Cartey

Clive,

enjoy posting on another less infantile site… To everyone else, Merry Christmas….

Ian
Ian
25 days ago
Reply to  Clive Cartey

W.nk.r……unmerry xmas

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
25 days ago
Reply to  Clive Cartey

Baaaaah Humbug!

I am assuming you are related to Uncle Ebonizer?

Enjoy the day Clive – some of us, use these articles to wind our kids up.

I have a 7 yr old boy who still believes in Santa!

This is totally harmless stuff – if you don’t like it – don’t read it.

Merry Christmas – Peace and Goodwill to all on UKDJ.

🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
25 days ago

SB, he must have seen the NORAD tracker? Utterly magical! A wide eyed child leaving a carrot on the doorstep and a sherry and nibble on the table is what Christmas is all about.

Long may the lad believe.

Farouk
Farouk
26 days ago

Well its Christmas and so I will post two articles (on a 1 week time out basis) for people to read over the festive period:comment image

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26 days ago
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26 days ago
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26 days ago
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Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
25 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

Great idea Farouk.

LongTime
LongTime
25 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

Nice work Farouk bit of food coma reading for later. Merry Xmas all

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
25 days ago
Reply to  Farouk

Good idea Farouk, there are some interesting developments taking place with air mobile at the moment! I think it’s a case of making good use of what you have available!

“USAF’s Rapid Dragon completes final flight test”
https://www.airforce-technology.com/news/usaf-rapid-dragon-completes-final-flight-test/

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
26 days ago

A very Merry Christmas to you Clive Ebenezer Carty.

Go easy on the coal and the candle you ungrateful ….

To everyone else on UKDJ, have an enjoyable Christmas and a happy new year.

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Jonathan
Jonathan
25 days ago

Happy Christmas to all the writers and commentators. We may not all see eye to eye on something’s but I enjoy reading your views and as you person to another I hope your year is safe and you achieve what you want to.

PS I’m so reading the Guardian this evening .

Rob
Rob
25 days ago

Just leave a lateral flow test next to Santa’s mince pie & eggnog. Keep safe everyone and have a very Merry Christmas.

If you are on duty tomorrow all of the above plus a BIG thankyou!

Bill Masen
Bill Masen
25 days ago

All the best folks, have a good break

MikeB1947
MikeB1947
25 days ago

Is this cargo aircraft an updated version of the DHC-4, I ask?

Merry Christmas to one and all.

Andrew D
Andrew D
25 days ago

Merry Christmas to you George ,and all you other guys great talking to you all 🎅

Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach
25 days ago

merry Christmas George and the team Ma y we all have a sane new year!

S Watson
S Watson
25 days ago

Did the Voyagers use both tanker point’s one with the with mince pie’s and one for the fodder.

David Steeper
David Steeper
25 days ago

Merry Christmas everyone. For anyone feeling a bit left out cough cough. I offer the wise words of my personal guru. Homer J. Simpson. ‘Alcohol the cause of and solution too all of lifes problems’

Matt
Matt
25 days ago

Happy Christmas all.

😎

Last edited 25 days ago by Matt
Something Different
Something Different
24 days ago

Excellent work!