RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire has officially been twinned with Wunstorf Airforce Base near Hannover in Germany.
Both bases operate the Airbus A400M ATLAS and the partnership is designed to give opportunities for increased collaboration in defence and mutual operation of the aircraft.
No. LXX Squadron RAF was stood up in 2014 as the first front-line flying squadron for the A400M.
RAF Brize Norton's Station Commander Group Captain Tim Jones accompanied members of the Squadron to Wunstorf Airforce Base to officially twin the two stations.
Wing Commander Ed Horne, Officer Commanding No. LXX Squadron told Forces Radio BFBS:
“This is an opportunity for both organisations to work much more closely together specifically on A400M Atlas in the first instance.
"However, there are many similarities between Wunstorf and RAF Brize Norton in terms of air mobility, air transport and parachuting, and we believe that we have a lot to learn from each other.”
The twinning will help the two bases to share training resources and exchange personnel. Which will not only provide an opportunity to work closer and improve capabilities for operating the A400M Atlas, but also strengthen the existing relationship between the two Air Mobility Forces.
In such a special year for the Royal Air Force as they celebrate their 100th Anniversary and as the A400M fleet take on more missions, the partnership could not have come at a better time.
Photos: RAF Brize Norton Photographic Section