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Change of Command at RAF Lossiemouth

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RAF Lossiemouth said a fond farewell on Friday to outgoing Station Commander Group Captain Chris Layden as he handed over his responsibilities to Group Captain Jim Lee.

Group Captain Layden arrived at RAF Lossiemouth in April 2019 and guided the station through the COVID-19 pandemic.  He has also overseen significant developments across the station including upgrades to the runway, the building of new infrastructure and the arrival of the RAF’s new Maritime Patrol aircraft, the Poseidon.

"It has been an incredible privilege and pleasure to work at RAF Lossiemouth for the past 2 years.  There is something special about Lossiemouth.  It’s not just our operational tempo or the lovely location that we live in. I think it’s the way we operate together, the way we look after each other and the way we help each other out to deliver our mission.

"As I depart, I take with me fond memories and I thank all of you for making this experience as enjoyable, as fulfilling and ultimately as successful as it has been.  I wish Group Captain Lee and his family every happiness and success in their tour here."


Group Captain Chris Layden

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Group Captain Lee is no stranger to RAF Lossiemouth, having previously served here in 2014 and then again in 2017 as Officer Commanding II(AC) Squadron. Having started flying on the Jaguar aircraft, in 2001, Group Captain Lee’s career has seen him serve all over the world, with other highlights being two tours in the USA, at Shaw AFB and the Pentagon, and at RAF Leuchars.

"I am delighted to return to RAF Lossiemouth and feel privileged to take the helm of one of the RAF’s busiest front-line stations. I am in awe of what Team Lossie has achieved in the last two difficult years, led by Group Captain Layden. The tempo and variety of operations being delivered is extraordinary, as is the continued growth and investment in the station. I can’t wait to rejoin the team as we continue to grow this fantastic station. RAF Lossiemouth is a special place to live, work and play, and my family and I look forward to reconnecting with our friends across the local community."

Group Captain Lee

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