502 Squadron's new Battle Honours Standard (Picture: RAF).
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RAF's Oldest Reserve Squadron Receives New Battle Honours Standard

The new Standard honours the Squadron's history and achievements since it was formed in 1925.

502 Squadron's new Battle Honours Standard (Picture: RAF).

502 Squadron's new Battle Honours Standard was presented at Aldergrove Flying Station (Picture: RAF).

The RAF's oldest Reserve Squadron, 502 (Ulster) Squadron, has received a new Battle Honours Standard.

The new Standard recognises the Squadron's heritage and replaces the previous one, which was presented more than 60 years ago.

The Squadron's officer commanding, Wing Commander Steve McCleery, said being honoured with the new Standard "reflects the great work achieved and confidence in the new era for 502 Squadron".

The Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim handed over the new Standard at Aldergrove Flying Station in Northern Ireland as a Hawk T1 training aircraft passed overhead. 

Veterans were also in attendance at the ceremony, including 96-year-old Bill Eames, a wartime bomber pilot with 502 Squadron in the 1950s.

Wing Commander Steve McCleery said the new Standard reflects the Squadron's "great work" (Picture: RAF).
Wing Commander Steve McCleery said the new Standard reflects the Squadron's "great work" (Picture: RAF).

Today, 502 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force provides trained reservists to support RAF operations in the UK and around the world.

They have supported RAF deployments in places like Cyprus, the Gulf, the Falkland Islands and Croatia.