PART I – The RAF. Purpose -To defend the UK and Overseas Territories -To strengthen international peace and security. The Royal Flying Corp (RFC). The Royal Flying Corp was formed in May 1912 - The aircraft were unarmed and used for reconnaissance to support military and naval operations
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-To defend the UK and Overseas Territories
-To strengthen international peace and security
The Royal Flying Corp was formed in
-The aircraft were unarmed and used for reconnaissance to support military and naval operations
-In 1914, the Navy broke away to form the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS)
In 1917, bomber aircraft from Germany were used to attack BritainBombing raids
On the 1st of April 1918 The RAF was born
(The merging of RFC and RNAS)
By the end of the War in 1918 the RAF had 190 squadrons with 290,000 officers and men!
The advantage of this policy was demonstrated towards the beginning of WW2 (worsening political situation in Europe)
This led to the RAF having 9,000 operational aircraft and 40,000 aircraft engaged in training and non operational duties by 1936Capability for Quick Expansion
Air superiority was gained over Dunkirk beaches to cover the evacuation of the British Army from France
July 1940 Battle of Britain began
600-700 fighters (Spitfires and Hurricanes) flew against Luftwaffe’s force of 1,000 fighters and 1,250 bombers.Battle of Britain
July to October 1940 was the turning point for the War
Germans stopped planned invasion of Britain for September
To take the RAF into the new Millennium
Three new commands were formed 1April 2000 to improve the ability to react to crises
No. 1 Group- responsible for all strife attack and offensive support aircraft. (Eurofighter and Tornado)
No. 2 Group – operates all the aircraft and force elements that support frontline operations (air transport and air-to-air refuelling)
No. 3 Group-Home of new Joint Force Harrier (RN/RAF) plus Nimrod maritime patrol, search and rescue helicopters, mountain rescue teamsRAF Strike Command(RAFSTC)RAF High Wycombe
If the units are mostly operational squadrons (i.e. squadrons flying aircraft) the station is known as an operational station. Other types may be flying or non-flying stations.
A typical station is organised into 3 wings:
Flying squadrons will be directly responsible to the station commander but will come under operations wing for operational co-ordination.Units and Stations
Flight lieutenants command flights
Squadron leaders command squadrons
Wing Commanders command wings.
BUT most operational flying squadrons are led by wing commanders and operational flights by squadron leaders.
A station commander is a group captain
Groups are commanded by air vice-marshals.
The RAF Commands are led by air marshals or air-chief marshals
H) Personnel Administration (Personnel Service Flight) (PSF)– pay, leave
Loss, theft or damage of equipment
More importantly the safe use of the rifles which our unit possesses.Squadron Security
Confidential– if revealed to any unauthorised person, would prejudice the interests of the Nation
Secret- if revealed to any unauthorised person, would cause serious injury ot he interest of the Nation.
Top Secret- if revealed to any unauthorised person, would cause exceptionally grave damage to the interest of the Nation.Classified Materials(Unclassified material has no security value at all.)