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RAF Lossiemouth

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 15th February 2017.

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Photo of Lord Touhig Lord Touhig Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the infrastructure work at RAF Lossiemouth will be completed in time to enable the base to be used by the P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

The P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft can already operate from RAF Lossiemouth on a temporary basis, as has been demonstrated on various occasions by aircraft operated by the US Navy. RAF Lossiemouth has been designated as the Main Operating Base for the RAF P-8A Poseidon fleet and the aircraft is expected to begin operating from there in 2020. As part of the preparations for this, plans are being finalised to build the support and training infrastructure to create a well-established and permanent base as the home for the UK P-8A fleet.

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