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Number 27 Squadron at RAF Honington, near Bury St Edmunds, disbanded with celebratory parade after 70 years in service



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An RAF Squadron has been disbanded after more than 70 years of service.

The Number 27 squadron RAF Regiment, based at RAF Honington, near Bury St Edmunds, has passed over Counter-Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear (C-CBRN) capability to 28 Engineer Regiment, which moved into the the base in 2019.

A parade to honour their service and disbandment took place on Wednesday.

The Squadron hands over Counter-Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear (C-CBRN) capability to 28 Engineer Regiment. Picture: Royal Air Force
The Squadron hands over Counter-Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear (C-CBRN) capability to 28 Engineer Regiment. Picture: Royal Air Force

Squadron Leader, James Baldwin BA (Hons) RAF, led the parade alongside Air Vice Marshall A K Gillespie CBE MA BSC RAF.

Mr Baldwin reflected on the history of the Squadron, saying that members should be proud of their service.

“Today was an honour to lead the disbandment parade for the Squadron," he said.

Sqaudron leader James Baldwin BA (Hons) RAF lead the parade. Picture: Royal Air Force
Sqaudron leader James Baldwin BA (Hons) RAF lead the parade. Picture: Royal Air Force

"Whilst a sad occasion that the Squadron will disband and lodge its Standard at RAFC Cranwell, we should also be proud of the 70 years of history that the Squadron has accrued and the personnel that have passed through the Squadron over that time.

"A Squadron is greater than the sum of the people serving on it and it is only right that the officers and gunners that have gone before us are also acknowledged here, a Squadron is a family held together through shared experience."

Group Captain, Weaver Smith, AIR C-CBRN, said: “This disbandment Parade recognises the achievements of Number 27 Squadron RAF Regiment over its 70 years of Service to the Royal Air Force and our Country.

"Whilst these occasions are tinged with some sadness the personnel of 27 Squadron (past and present) can be extremely proud of what they have achieved.

"27 Squadron Personnel will return to a variety of RAF FP Force duties, post disbandment, and will help the FP Force continue to innovate and drive forward in support of RAF operational outputs.”

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