51 Squadron RAF Regiment

Celeriter Defendere (Swift to Defend)


51 Squadron RAF Regiment falls under 5 Force Protection Wing.  They are a multi-discipline Squadron, 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 its own armourers, engineers, technicians, logisticians, a chef and a paramedic, with regular training exercises across the UK and overseas in support of RAF Operations.

The Squadron is equipped and trained in a number of specialist capabilities including the 81mm mortars, machine guns and anti-armour - such as Javelin and Next generation Light Anti-tank.


1940 - Formed at RAF Bentley Priory to provide anti-aircraft defence for Fighter Command Headquarters before the formation of the RAF Regiment.

1944 - Entered Normandy with the as 2713 Squadron.

1947 - Renumbered 51 Squadron.

1982 - Re-equipped with the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) vehicle.

2001 - Reformed at RAF Honington and relocate to current home at RAF Lossiemouth

Battle honours

  • France and Low Countries (1944 – 1945)*
  • Gulf (1991)
  • Iraq (2003 – 2011)*
  • Afghanistan (2001 – 2014)*