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RAF Kinloss

Motto: Power to the Hunter
Airport information
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorRoyal Air Force
In use1939 - 2011
CommanderGroup Captain 'JJ' Johnston RAF
* ARCC * RAF Mountain Rescue
Elevation (22 ft)

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RAF Kinloss is a Royal Air Force station near Kinloss, on the Moray Firth in the north of Scotland. It opened on 1 April 1939 and served as an RAF training establishment during the Second World War. After the war it was handed over to Coastal Command to watch over Russian ships and submarines in the Norwegian Sea. Until 2010 it was the main base for the RAF's fleet of Nimrod MR2 maritime patrol aircraft.

It was intended that the MR2 would be replaced by the Nimrod MRA4, but the MRA4 was cancelled in the Strategic Defence and Security Review of October 2010. This meant that Kinloss was no longer required by the RAF. Regular flying operations ceased on 31 July 2011, the base will close as an RAF station on 31 March 2013 and it will be handed over to Defence Estates by 31 March 2014, becoming an Army facility at some point in 2015. Currently the Kinloss Skills Partnership are promoting the station's personnel as a source of skilled manpower to attract inward business investment into the area.

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