A FOURTH Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 squadron has officially been formed at RAF Lossiemouth, Moray. No IX (Bomber) Squadron was formally re-roled as a Typhoon air defence unit at the base on April 1, having until the previous day been a Tornado GR4 unit at RAF Marham, Norfolk. As previously reported on Warnsey’s World, the last two RAF Tornado GR4 units, IX (Bomber) and 31 Squadrons, were disbanded at Marham on March 14, when the last flight with the type was also made. The re-formation of No IX (Bomber) Squadron then took place after the official out-of-service date of the Tornado on March 31.
At 0931hrs GMT on April 1, Officer Commanding IX (Bomber) Squadron, Wing Commander James Heeps, accompanied by OC 31 Squadron, Wing Commander Matt Bressani, lowered the Commander’s pennant for the final time at Marham, marking the official end of the Tornado GR4 in RAF service. At the same time at Lossiemouth, Wing Commander Simon Batt raised his pennant as the new OC of IX (Bomber) Squadron, re-equipped with the Typhoon FGR4. The unit joins 1 (Fighter) Squadron, II (army Co-operation) Squadron and 6 Squadron operating the Typhoon from Lossiemouth on Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) North duties.