New commander appointed to lead Marham squadrons

The Tornado Force Commander and Lightning Force Commander, Air Commodore Harvey Smyth handed over the resposibility of the Tornado Force to Group Captain Steve Ward at RAF Marham on the 30th march.

The Tornado Force is made up of the 3 frontline operational Squadron�"s IX(B), 12(B) and 31 based at RAF Marham and XV(R) Operational Conversion Squadron currently based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.

It was a fitting tribute that the handover took place in front of the iconic Gulf War Desert Pink�" Tornado that was painted in honour of the Tornado�"s 25 years of almost continual operational service.

 Air Commodore Smyth said �SIt has been an absolute privilege to command the Tornado Force for this last year.  The Force�"s achievements during this period have been exemplary, be that surging efforts on Op SHADER and expanding the fight against Daesh beyond Iraq into Syria, or working with Industry to develop engineering plans to maintain 3 front line squadrons until 2018, the performance of every single
The Tornado Force Commander and Lightning Force Commander, Air Commodore Harvey Smyth handed over the resposibility of the Tornado Force to Group Captain Steve Ward at RAF Marham on the 30th march. The Tornado Force is made up of the 3 frontline operational Squadron�"s IX(B), 12(B) and 31 based at RAF Marham and XV(R) Operational Conversion Squadron currently based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. It was a fitting tribute that the handover took place in front of the iconic Gulf War Desert Pink�" Tornado that was painted in honour of the Tornado�"s 25 years of almost continual operational service. Air Commodore Smyth said �SIt has been an absolute privilege to command the Tornado Force for this last year. The Force�"s achievements during this period have been exemplary, be that surging efforts on Op SHADER and expanding the fight against Daesh beyond Iraq into Syria, or working with Industry to develop engineering plans to maintain 3 front line squadrons until 2018, the performance of every single

A new commander has taken control of the three Tornado squadrons at RAF Marham.

Group Captain Steve Ward succeeded Air Commodore Harvey Smyth at the head of the units, along with a conversion squadron based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, last Thursday.

Group Captain Ward, pictured above with Air Commodore Smyth, described the appointment as “humbling” after 25 years’ RAF service.

He said: “It is with pride that I take on the responsibility for a force that has continually delivered on operations over a 25 year period, a level of achievement that has been wholly underpinned by the quality of its personnel.

“I look forward to the challenge of assuring that the Tornado Force continues to deliver on operations as we enter the final few years of service.”

Air Commodore Smyth said: “It has been an absolute privilege to command the Tornado Force for this last year.

“The force’s achievements during this period have been exemplary, be that expanding the fight against Daesh beyond Iraq into Syria, or working with industry to develop engineering plans to maintain three front line squadrons until 2018.”