RAF Marham commander: We’re ready for what comes next in Middle East

PUBLISHED: 08:11 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:17 01 October 2015

RAF Marham's Station Commander Group Captain Rich Davies. Picture: Ian Burt

RAF Marham's Station Commander Group Captain Rich Davies. Picture: Ian Burt


RAF Marham’s Station Commander has said they are prepared for what is ahead amid their ongoing air campaign in Iraq.

His words come a year after David Cameron announced an RAF Marham Tornado squadron that was due to be disbanded was to be reprieved for a year in order to bomb Islamic State (IS).

RAF Marham Station Commander Group Capt Rich Davies said: “We are prepared to go wherever the government asks us to go.

“We are not interested in terrain as such, it’s all about air and that’s the same wherever we are in the world.”

He praised the technology of the Tornados which he described as “cutting edge”.

“It’s a bit like your computer, it keeps on getting upgraded.”

He added the shell of the aircraft looks the same but what lies inside had evolved in tune with modern technology.

The RAF has had Tornados deployed to the Middle East for more than 20 years.

Mr Davies, who said the Tornados were still going strong, said they will be making preparations for the arrival of the new Lightning II aircraft in the coming couple of years.

“As we reach the 100th anniversary of the station, it gives us a future and longevity,” he added.

It’s been a year since the Tornados began bombing Iraq and the situation in Iraq and Syria is getting increasingly complex with Russia bombing anti-Assad forces yesterday.

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