1 Squadron RAF Regiment

Arkish Surrish (Swift and Sudden)


1 Squadron RAF Regiment falls under 7 Force Protection Wing.  They aim to provide a highly-trained Active Defence Squadron that is employable across a wide spectrum of threat environments in order to enable UK Air and Space Power.

The Squadron specialises in operating with wheeled Armoured Vehicles such as Jackal, Foxhound.  They are highly trained in dismounted close combat, Ground Extraction Force, Close Quarter Battle and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear operating environments.

The Squadron comprises of nearly 170 personnel including RAF Police, Mechanics, Chefs, Clerks and Paramedics, with regular training exercises across the UK and overseas in support of RAF Operations.


1921   Formed as 1 Armoured Car Company at Heliopolis, Egypt.

1941   Defended RAF Habbaniya, Iraq, from pro-Nazi Iraqi forces.

2007   The first Military Cross was awarded to an Airman of the RAF during the Battle of Al Waki Market.



Battle honours

1922-23   Kurdistan

1930-31   Kurdistan

1936   Palestine

1941   Habbaniya, Iraq

1941-43   Egypt & Libya

1991   Gulf

1995   Former Yugoslavia

1997   Bosnia

1999   Kuwait

2003 - 2011   Iraq

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