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Changeover in command hot seat


By Lorna Thompson


THERE was a change at the top for 6 Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth this week.

Wing Commander Matthew D’Aubyn took command, returning to 6 Sqn to take over from Wg Cdr Billy Cooper.

Wg Cdr D’Aubyn said: "I was extremely lucky to have my first tour with 6 Squadron as the last ab-initio Jaguar pilot. It was a rollercoaster ride and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of the squadron again since I already have a genuine affiliation with it.

Wing Commander Billy Cooper (left) hands over the 6 Squadron standard to Wing Commander Matthew D’Aubyn who takes command of the the squadron at RAF Lossiemouth.
Wing Commander Billy Cooper (left) hands over the 6 Squadron standard to Wing Commander Matthew D’Aubyn who takes command of the the squadron at RAF Lossiemouth.

"It’s an honour and a privilege to lead a squadron with such an illustrious history and, from what I have seen so far, the spirit and commitment of the team is undiminished.

"The forthcoming months will be challenging and exciting as we depart very soon to Sweden on Exercise Arctic Challenge to train with our Nato partners, and then prepare for operational deployments."

Wg Cdr D’Aubyn qualified in 2005 as the last ab-initio Jaguar pilot, gaining experience on the aircraft type with 6 Sqn. He converted to Typhoon following the retirement of the Jaguar fleet in 2007 and was part of the Typhoon’s first operational deployment over Libya in support of Operation Ellamy.

Wg Cdr D’Aubyn arrives at Lossiemouth following postings in Germany, Italy and Qatar.



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