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RAF Lossiemouth defending on two fronts

By Lorna Thompson

MANY Moray military personnel are embracing remote working, RAF Lossiemouth says, as they defend on two fronts amid the coronavirus threat.

The government guidance to help reduce the spread of infection applies to everyone. The majority on the base are classed as key workers, however.

RAF Lossiemouth would not be drawn, at this time, on whether runway resurfacing works were continuing during the public health crisis.

However, a spokesman said: "We are responsible for delivering some of the highest-priority defence taskings.

"The most obvious is Quick Reaction Alert (QRA), which remains ready to scramble at a moment’s notice 24/7 against any airborne threats."

The spokesman added: "While the quantity of air travel may be reducing because of COVID-19, the threat remains. We are ready to react to any suspicious activity in and around our airspace."

Typhoon and Poseidon flying will continue.

RAF Lossiemouth.
RAF Lossiemouth.

The spokesman added: "Our national security is paramount, and we must continue to deliver our defence taskings.

"Many of our people have been categorised as key workers under government advice, and will continue to work to enable our activities.

"We have adopted a number of measures on station to reduce the spread of coronavirus, and our people are taking them very seriously. Many of these follow government guidance – namely social distancing and thorough hand-washing."

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