Published: 30/01/2013 10:56 - Updated: 30/01/2013 11:03

December date for Lossiemouth Typhoons

A Tornado lands at RAF Lossiemouth
A Tornado lands at RAF Lossiemouth

THE first squadron of Typhoons is expected to touch down at RAF Lossiemouth later this year.

Number 6 Squadron will move from its current home at RAF Leuchars in Fife, arriving at the Moray base in December, with 1 Squadron following at some point during 2014

Although no date has been set, a third Typhoon squadron - likely to be named after a disbanded aircraft fighter squadron - is expected to be formed.

Hangars at the Moray base have been refurbished in preparation for the new aircraft.

The arrival of the Eurofighter signals the end for the Tornado GR4s, which are all expected to be out of service in 2019.

A spokesman for the RAF said: "The Tornado force will draw down roughly in line with the build up of the Typhoon force.

"Opportunities for specialist Tornado personnel to be re-trained for Typhoon work will be maximised."

He added: "The transition of personnel between Lossiemouth and Leuchars, and the Tornado and Typhoon forces, will be managed to maintain operational outputs whilst looking after the welfare of service personnel and their families."

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