RAF chief ‘priv­i­leged’ to take on top job

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

The new sta­tion com­man­der of RAF Lossiemouth said it will be an “im­mense priv­i­lege” to help the sta­tion grow and de­velop over the com­ing years of “ex­cit­ing” in­vest­ment in the re­gion.

Group Cap­tain Jim Walls, who has pre­vi­ously served as a Ty­phoon squadron com­man­der, took over com­mand of the air force site yes­ter­day from Group Cap­tain Paul God­frey, who had been in charge since the end of Novem­ber 2015.

Group Cap­tain Walls was born in Aus­tralia, but was ed­u­cated in the UK and went to Aberdeen Univer­sity. He has held a num­ber of roles in the devel­op­ment pro­gramme for the Ty­phoon air­craft, and was Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing at RAF Lossiemouth from June 2014 to Novem­ber 2016.

The ex­pe­ri­enced pi­lot, who has flown Jaguar and Ty­phoon air­craft, said he was ex­cited to be in charge of the Mo­ray sta­tion as it pre­pares to wel­come the new Po­sei­don P-8 air­craft in 2020. He said: “It’s an im­mense priv­i­lege to be tak­ing com­mand of RAF Lossiemouth. Group Cap­tain God­frey has led the sta­tion ex­cep­tion­ally through a sig­nif­i­cant and busy few years. I would like to thank him for his ded­i­cated ser­vice.”

Dur­ing his time at RAF Lossiemouth, Group Cap­tain God­frey over­saw op­er­a­tions over Iraq, Syria and Nigeria.

He said: “I’m de­lighted to hand com­mand over to Group Cap­tain Jim Walls. I’m sure he will en­joy what is un­doubt­edly the very best job in the RAF.”

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