Prince Harry to visit Suffolk air base next week

Prince Harry will be flying in for a morale boosting visit to RAF Honington where he will meet family members of those currently serving overseas.

PRINCE Harry, Honorary Air Commandant, will be flying into Suffolk next week to visit the Royal Air Force base at Honington.

The Prince will arrive at the Officers’ Mess where he will receive an overview brief on RAF Honington before watching a demonstration of RAF Regiment training in the base’s training wing.

A reception will be held at the Meiktila Mess, where he will meet groups of service men and women, and spouses and partners of those currently deployed overseas before unveiling a plaque.

RAF Honington, near Bury St Edmunds, has been the home of the Royal Air Force Regiment since 1994, after it moved from Catterick, near Richmond, in Yorkshire.

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It is home to 1, 2 and 15 Squadrons RAF Regiment, the Joint Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Regiment, which consists of the 1st Battalion Royal Tank Regiment and 27 Squadron RAF Regiment.

Two Squadron are currently deployed at Kandahar Air Base to protect the base from enemy insurgents. They are due back on July 18 after a six-month tour of duty.

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First Squadron are part way through their detachment at Camp Bastion and Kabul having departed in April.

Recently Cpl Dave Hayden, formerly of 1 Sqn RAF Regiment, became the first airman to be awarded the Military Cross for bravery during a skirmish at Al Waki in Iraq.

Prince Harry was appointed Honorary Air Commander of Royal Air Force Honington in October 2008 by his grandmother in recognition of the strong links between the Royal Air Force and the Royal Family.

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