Unit History: RAF Kinloss
RAF Kinloss (IATA: FSS, ICAO: EGQK) is a Royal Air Force station. It is near Kinloss, on the Moray Firth in the north of Scotland. The station is home to all of the Nimrod MR2 fleet in the Royal Air Force.
Numbers 120 and 201 squadrons, plus 42(R) squadron (the Operational Conversion Unit), equipped with the Nimrod MR2 are based at Kinloss. The station is also home to No. 325 Expeditionary Air Wing. 663 VGS operating the Vigilant TMk1 is also based at RAF Kinloss.
The UK Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre is another major unit at Kinloss. The ARCC is responsible for coordinating all rescue efforts within the UK and out into the Atlantic. This includes the receipt of signals from rescue beacons, and the dispatch and control of Nimrod aircraft and Search and Rescue helicopters.
No 325 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) was formed at the station on 1 April 2006. The wing encompasses most of the non-formed unit personnel on station. The EAW does not include the flying units at the station. The station commander is dual-hatted as the commander of the wing.
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