Prince Michael salutes members of 230 Squadron (Picture: RAF Benson).
Personnel from RAF Benson’s 230 Squadron have been presented with a new consecrated standard by Benson’s Honorary Air Marshal, HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
Over 70 servicemen and women paraded into Benson’s Puma Force hangar with the standard.
The crew had been practising the intricacies of the parade for several days and family members and former squadron personnel all turned out to witness the result.
The RAF’s Chaplain-in-Chief, Air Vice-Marshal John Ellis, formally consecrated the standard, which is made of fine silk and contains the Battle Honours awarded to the Squadron since their formation.
“This will be the third standard that 230 Squadron has been awarded in its time, in its 100 years,” Wing Commander Brad Hewitt told Forces News.
“These standards have Battle Honours emblazoned on them and over the years you accumulate Battle Honours on these Squadron standards.
“Over time, the fine embroidered silk does need replacing as they’re constantly paraded and used for ceremonial duties.”
230 Squadron reached their centenary in August last year and were said to be 'honoured to receive their new standard during their centenary year'.
The new standard bearer, Flight Lieutenant Rhys Burrows, said he was “very proud and very apprehensive as well” about his new role.
In a speech, Prince Michael praised the “distinguished history” of the Squadron and complimented them on the inclusion of a tiger in the new standard.
His remarks were followed with a speech by the Station Commander, Group Captain Adam Wardrope:
“As someone who has commanded a squadron in the past, I know that the Squadron standard is something that instils a real sense of pride.
“From its history as something that soldiers followed into battle to its current place as a ceremonial centre piece, the standard has a fine tradition, much like that if 230 Squadron.”
Currently based at RAF Benson, 230 Squadron was initially a maritime reconnaissance unit.
Aircrafts flown include Sunderland I, Twin Pioneer, Whirlwind HAR10 and the Puma HC1.