Scotland

Watch: Incredible Video Of RAF Submarine-Hunter's First Flight With Red Arrows

The RAF's brand new submarine-hunter aircraft flew with the Red Arrows near RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.

The Royal Air Force's brand new submarine-hunter aircraft – the Poseidon MRA1 (P-8A) – has flown in formation with the Red Arrows for the first time.

The Poseidon aircraft, flanked by the distinctive Hawk jets of the RAF Aerobatic Team, carried out the flypast over its new £100m P-8A Strategic Facility home at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. 

RAF Lossiemouth is home to the UK's Maritime Patrol Aircraft, where there are currently five Poseidon MRA1s being held and another four due to arrive by the end of the year.

RAF Lossiemouth Station Commander, Group Captain Chris Layden, spoke about how "impressive" the display was. 

RAF's Poseidon MRA1 first flight with Red Arrows over RAF Lossiemouth 20210721 CREDIT RAF.jpg
The Red Arrows are back in display mode after nearly two years away (Picture: RAF).

He said: "RAF Lossiemouth is delighted to welcome back the Red Arrows who haven't had the opportunity to display here since 2019. 

"Since then our runway has been resurfaced, we have grown a fourth operational Typhoon squadron, continued to deliver 24/7 quick reaction alert – securing the UK's skies." 

The Red Arrows took to the skies of Scotland ahead of the annual RAF Friends and Family Day event, an opportunity to say thank-you to the station staff and families for their support.

It has been run as a drive-in air display for 2021, to ensure it is fully compliant with current Scottish government COVID-19 regulations for large events.