The oldest fighter squadron in the RAF added another name to its leadership list this week with the arrival in Moray of Wing Commander Mike Sutton.
Mike takes over command of 1 (Fighter) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth from Wing Commander Peter Flewin, who in the last two years has oversaw the smooth transfer of the squadron to the Moray base.
Reflecting on what he said was a “privilege and honour” to oversee the reformation of 1 Squadron as a fourth Typhoon front line unit, Wing Commander Flewin said: “It has also been an honour to lead such a motivated and passionate team, during what has been a busy but extremely enjoyable two years.
“Having moved the Squadron to RAF Lossiemouth I wish Wing Commander Sutton all the very best, as he assumes command and continues to develop this, the next chapter in Number 1(Fighter) Squadron’s proud history.”
The new boss at 1 Squadron recently completed and advanced command and staff course – his last posting was Personal Staff Officer for the Deputy Commander in Chief (Operations) at HQ Air Command.
He was previously a Qualified Weapons instructor on Typhoon’s and was instrumental in the delivery of the Enhanced Paveway II capability added to the Typhoon in 2008.
Wing Commander Sutton said: “I am delighted to be taking command of Number 1(Fighter) Squadron, the oldest fighter squadron in the world, operating an extremely capable multi-role aircraft in Typhoon.
“We are now equipping the aircraft with Paveway IV which is a world-class precision weapon and a step change in capability for the Force.”