December 11 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
AAAAH-te-e-e-e-e-n-SHUN! Squadron Leader Chris Higgins calls his cohorts in RAF Marham’s Tornado Support Squadron to attention as they practise for one of their most important parades of the year.
Thousands gathered as flights of immaculately turned-out airmen and women from the West Norfolk base marched through the Tuesday Market Place in June, as they exercised their Freedom of King’s Lynn.
SAC Tracey Dobson’s photo of the dress rehearsal is one of a string of compelling images from Marham which helped its photographers sweep the board in the RAF’s annual photographic competition.
Cpl Paul Oldfield got a little close to comfort when he went on a drill with firefighters on the base.
He captured a member of Marham’s Crash, Fire and Rescue Section tackling a searing mock aircraft fire.
While accidents are almost unheard of, crew undertake “hot drills” to prepare for the worst, such as a crash landing or fire involving one of the base’s Tornado jets.
While the fast jets and military hardware have become familiar with Marham’s role around the globe, Cpl Peter George focused on one of the base’s less-known occupations.
Guard dog Yogi shows the impressive teeth which he wouldn’t hesitate to sink into an intruder, as he patrols the perimiter fence with his handler, Cpl Clifford Woodfield.
Strong, gritty pictures helped Marham see off RAF Waddington, in nearby Lincolnshire, and RAF Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire, for the best base portfolio.
Senior aircraftsman Andy Masson best captured the RAF operational experience, with a sun setting behind a crew member in the cockpit of fast jet.
SAC Masson also won best picture of an item of RAF hardware, with one of Marham’s trademark Tornadoes flying beneath a stormy sky. The image was also named the air force’s Best PR picture of the year.
Cpl Oldfield ‘s picture of a team of parascendists won best sports pic. Leading Aircraftsman Phil Dye won the Mallet Student Trophy, with a picture of an RAF Regt soldier digging for a mine.