Lossiemouth scoops joint share of coveted ‘Millies’ award

RAF Lossiemouth has been unveiled as a joint recipient of an award as the UK’s best military unit in the Sun’s annual Military Awards.

The Moray base has been named alongside RAF Marham as part of the 904 Expeditionary Air Wing as the award winners at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Wednesday’s award ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister and his wife alongside defence ministers and senior government and political figures.

Also in attendance at the awards, which were televised for broadcast on ITV on Monday, December 16, was a host of personalities from the worlds of sport and entertainment including Sir Bradley Wiggins, Holly Willoughby and Suranne Jones.

904 Expeditionary Air Wing is the RAF’s headquarters element at Afghanistan’s Kandahar air base, one of the world’s busiest airfields and base for over 400 aircraft and 250,000 air movements each year.

Wing Commander Simon Strasdin, CO of Lossiemouth’s 12(Bomber) Squadron, accepted the award on behalf of the air wing.

Following the ceremony Sir Nick Houghton, Chief of Air Defence Staff, said: “For six years the Sun Military Awards have showcased these stories of bravery, determination and care at a personal and whole unit level.

“As each year passes, we are consistently rewarded with tales of how our people excel in all fields and continue to serve with pride and fortitude.”

The officer commanding the Base Support Wing at RAF Lossiemouth, Wing Commander Sean Orr, said: “Many congratulations to all of our personnel who have served on 904 Expeditionary Air Wing TorDet over recent months.

“The award of a Millie for the best unit is yet another recognition of the professionalism our personnel demonstrate ‘delivering excellence on operations’.”

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