TORNADO aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth could be involved if any military action is sanctioned by the UK Parliament against Syria.
Following the use of chemical weapons against civilians last week, Prime Minister David Cameron has recalled parliament to debate the issue on Thursday.
And there is speculation that that the RAF will play a key role in any Allied operation in Syria.
Tornado aircrew from the Moray base were involved in military action against Libya in 2011.
One of the Lossie squadrons, 12 (B) Sqn, is currently on deployment in Afghanistan and is due to be replaced by 617 Sqn in October.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: "No decision has yet been taken but let’s be clear what is at stake here. Almost a hundred years ago, the whole world came together and said that the use of chemical weapons was morally indefensible and completely wrong and what we’ve seen in Syria are appalling scenes of death and suffering because of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. And I don’t believe we can let that stand.
"Any action we take or others take would have to be legal, would have to be proportionate. It would have to be specifically to deter and degrade the future use of chemical weapons.
"This is not about getting involved in a Middle Eastern war or changing our stance in Syria, or going further into that conflict. It’s nothing to do with that. It’s about chemical weapons. Their use is wrong and the world shouldn’t stand idly by."
Mr Cameron said he understood concerns about the potential of British service personnel being deployed.
"As Prime Minister, I take my responsibilities about safeguarding our armed services incredibly carefully, incredibly seriously but the question we need to ask is whether acting or not acting will make the use of chemical weapons more prevalent.
"I’ve recalled parliament so this issue can be properly debated, so the government can listen to views in parliament. It is my intention to put forward a motion in parliament so that members of parliament will be able to vote.
"What we know is, this regime has huge stocks of chemical weapon. We know that they have used them on at least ten occasions prior to this last wide-scale use. We know that they have both the motive and the opportunity, whereas the opposition does not have those things, and the opposition’s chance of having used chemical weapons, in our view, is vanishingly small. We know all these things.
"I understand people’s concerns about getting involved in wars in the Middle East, getting sucked into the situation in Syria. This is not about wars in the Middle East. This is not even about the Syrian conflict. It is about the use of chemical weapons and making sure, as a world, we deter their use and we deter the appalling scenes that we’ve all seen on our television screens."