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Thursday, 20 July, 2000, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
Jaguars high-tail it to new home
Jaguars taking off
Jaguars were common sights over the area
A regular feature of the skies over part of north-east Scotland for nearly three decades has disappeared.

RAF Lossiemouth's Jaguar squadron took off from the Moray base for the last time, heading for its new home at RAF Coltishall in Norfolk.

The eight aircraft of 16R Squadron took off in formation, led by Wing Commander Andrew Sudlow.

He said: "It is with great sadness that we leave RAF Lossiemouth but logistically it is a necessary move.

"We will be linking up with three operational squadrons at RAF Coltisall bringing the entire Jaguar force together."

RAF Lossiemouth's crest
RAF Lossiemouth's crest
The move from Lossiemouth will involve the relocation of approximately 100 service personnel and their families.

The loss of staff will be offset by the arrival of 250 personnel and their families from the soon to be closed RAF Bruggen in Germany.

One of the Tornado GR1 squadrons at the German base is being moved to Moray.

Jim Anderson, a spokesman for RAF Lossiemouth, said: "Everyone here at RAF Lossie will miss them very much. A lot of our friends are moving too which is a bit of a wrench.

"However, we look forward to welcoming the Tornado squadron at the end of the year."

The first Jaguar was delivered in 1973 for use as a ground training aid.

In 1991, the Jaguar unit became 16 Squadron with a reserve status because of its training role.

The Jaguar was conceived as a joint Anglo-French venture with its main roles being low level strike/ ground attack and reconnaissance.

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