The Queen’s Colour Squadron as 63 Squadron RAF Regiment have been honing their skills and drills by conducting fire team and section attacks during the day and at night. These are core skills for RAF Regiment Gunners and form the basis of our further training.
As a dual role Squadron, they pride themselves on the very highest of standards, both in the field, and in their ceremonial role.
Following the Christmas leave period, it was a great opportunity to get back into the field and exercise our Force Protection skills and drills during an LFTT package at Barry Buddon. By deploying as a Sqn it gives Commanders at all levels the ability to lead in a realistic training environment.
D Flt Sect Cdr, Cpl Mike McGarr
The Live Fire Tactical training saw Gunners conduct Section Battle Drills with live ammunition on static targets. Building up from a fire team of 4 people up to a section of 8, firing during the day and night.
Ex COLD EAGLE demonstrated the deployable nature of 63 Sqn RAF Regt and their ability to operate in the Force Protection environment. It’s always pleasing to see how swiftly the Gunners of 63 Sqn RAF Regt transition to their FP role and demonstrate the same degrees of professionalism and excellence in both capabilities. We now look forward to delivering ceremonial excellence on behalf of the Royal Air Force throughout 2020.
Stn Cdr Northolt, Gp Capt Nick Worrall ADC MA RAF
63 Squadron RAF Regiment Formed in 1943 as a light anti-aircraft unit. In 1944 the regiment began training for spotting for Royal Navy guns. It was in this role that it took part in Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, but with Spitfires, with which it had re-equipped in May 1944.
63 Sqn RAF Regiment was broken down into its respective sections and fire teams, allowing those present to stay current and experienced in terms of valuable infantry skills. The various fire teams conducted simulated scenarios in which they would come into contact with an ‘enemy’ and had to respond proportionally and effectively.
QCS are the custodian of the Queen’s Colour for the RAF in the United Kingdom and have the honour of providing the Escort Squadron whenever the Colour is paraded. They regularly participate in high level ceremonial duties involving The Royals and members of Parliament. They also rotate on a regular basis with the Navy and British Army to guard Buckingham Palace.
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