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Training into early hours of morning as RAF Marham set to be deployed on HMS Queen Elizabeth



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A squadron from RAF Marham are preparing for a training deployment to large warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, at the beginning of June.

This could involve West Norfolk residents hearing aircraft in the early hours of the morning next week.

The 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, will be deployed to the ship's carrier to understand how a whole squadron can function and operate in a maritime environment on a day-to day-basis.

Picture: RAF Marham
Picture: RAF Marham

Consideration has been taken regarding the Covid-19 as the personnel already on the carrier have been on a period of isolation at sea.

The Squadron and personnel from Lightning Team UK, the industry team who support the force, are about to go into their own period of isolation away from their families and other personnel at RAF Marham. They will all be tested for the virus and on confirmation of a negative result will be allowed to enter the quarantine area.

Once in isolation they will continue to adhere to government guidance including social distancing and regular hand washing measures.

During the quarantine period the squadron will continue to prepare for their deployment with routine maintenance on the aircraft and flying activity.

This will include a period of night flying training which will take place between May 27 and May 30 in which the local community may notice aircraft noise up until 2am.

There will also be a period of training over the weekend of 30-31 May which could include flying up until 7pm.

RAF Marham station commander, group captain Beck said: “This deployment is the next phase of essential training for the Lightning Force in the journey to declaring Initial Operating Capability Maritime at the end of the year.

"In the current climate, this has brought up a lot more challenges but I am confident that we have put all the processes and mitigation in place to ensure that the personnel can deploy safely.”



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