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Last Updated: Monday, 29 January 2007, 15:27 GMT
Servicemen a 'band of brothers'
The memorial service for the RAF Nimrod crew
About 2,000 people attended the ceremony
The 14 servicemen who died when an RAF Nimrod crashed in Afghanistan last year were "a band of brothers who had paid the ultimate sacrifice", a memorial service has been told.

As RAF Kinloss Station Commander Jerry Kessell spoke, sombre rank after rank of men and women dressed in air force blue uniforms, who filled the massive interior of Two Hangar at the air station, listened quietly.

Group Captain Kessell said the men had died while together in the "common purpose of flying a mission".

He said those gathered in Two Hangar were united in paying tribute to them.

Group Captain Kessell then spoke of each individual, describing family men, intelligent officers, career pilots and soldiers.

'Soar on wings'

Their families and friends sat among the uniformed servicemen.

Earlier, Group Captain Chris Birks read from Isaiah 40.

He finished the reading with its words: "They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; They will walk and not be faint."

Hymns and tributes echoed off the hangar walls draped with flags, before falling silent between the sung and spoken words.


SEE ALSO
Time of remembrance in Two Hangar
29 Jan 07 |  North East/N Isles
Memorial for Nimrod crash victims
29 Jan 07 |  North East/N Isles
Daughter's Nimrod victim tribute
24 Nov 06 |  North East/N Isles
Funerals for Nimrod crash crewmen
17 Nov 06 |  Highlands and Islands
Nimrod crash victim laid to rest
16 Nov 06 |  North East/N Isles
Full Nimrod safety probe promised
31 Oct 06 |  North East/N Isles
Tribute to Nimrod death soldier
06 Sep 06 |  Southern Counties
RAF bodies return home to Kinloss
12 Sep 06 |  North East/N Isles
Tribute for Afghan crash airman
09 Sep 06 |  Scotland

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