RAF Honington welcomes 300 new members with as 3 Police Wing moves to Suffolk base

Image shows: Number 3 Police Wing March on Parade at Royal Air Force Honington 9 June 2015.
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Image shows: Number 3 Police Wing March on Parade at Royal Air Force Honington 9 June 2015. The Commander RAF Police, Group Captain Bailey accompanied by Officer Commanding RAF Honington, Group Captain Smeath MBE BSc (Hons) MA RAF, reviewed the No 3 Police Wing 'march on' to RAF Honington on 09 Jun 2015. The parade was to mark the arrival of No 3 Police Wing at their new location of RAF Honington. The Officer Commanding No 3 Police Wing, Wing Commander J Knight MA BSc LLB RAF, paraded the personnel of No 3 Police Wing from Poplar Close via the Main Gate and passed the Garden of Remembrance on Bray Avenue. The parade was constructed of a single Flight with RAF Police dog escort. - Credit: SAC Joshua Dines RAF

The wing paraded through the main gates this week and were welcomed by members of the community.

RAF Honington welcomed the latest additions to its ranks as 300 members of RAF Number 3 Police Wing relocate to the base.

The base’s station commander, group captain Mick Smeath, watched on as a parade of 50 personnel marched in formation through the main gates.

The wing is moving from RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire.

On taking the salute and formally welcoming them to the station, Gp Cpt Smeath said: “It is an honour and privilege to welcome the personnel from 3 Police Wing and their families to RAF Honington.

“The wing has a long and distinguished history, dating back to 1946, and is an integral part of the RAF’s protection capability.”

Cpt Smeath also praised the local community and its ties with the base, which he said the new additions will benefit from.

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The men and women of the police wing are deployed at home and in operations abroad.

Their responsibilities include cyber defence, forensics, aviation security, flying complaints investigation, security consultancy, intelligence and specialist law enforcement.

Leading the formation was 3 Police Wing commander Jan Knight, he said: “It was a real honour to lead my wing onto RAF Honington and make our home amongst airmen, airwomen and civilians similarly dedicated to protecting air power wherever it serves.

“To be at a unit which has such a long history and exceptional support from the people of Suffolk only adds to our pride today.”