RAF Coningsby

Royal Air Force Typhoons killed an ISIS terrorist threat after a successful bombing mission in Iraq.

The Royal Air Force have Typhoon squadrons at both RAF Coningsby and RAF Lossiemouth. The pilots, trained at the Lincolnshire base, performed the airstrikes using Paveway IV precision guided bombs.

A coalition surveillance aircraft located a number of Daesh fighters in two caves ten miles north of Bayji, Iraq on Sunday, January 24. The Daesh terrorist movement is also known as ISIS.

Two RAF Typhoon aircraft were tasked to strike the caves. The pilots conducted a check of the area around the caves for any signs of civilians who might be at risk.

They then carried out simultaneous attacks and launched four Paveway IV guided bombs.

All four hit their targets accurately and the strike was assessed to have been a success in eliminating the terrorist threat.

The RAF’s armed reconnaissance missions support the enduring work of the Iraqi security forces. | Photo: Crown Copyright/MOD 2021

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The UK Armed Forces are still maintaining their primary defence tasks while also supporting the domestic COVID response.

“These RAF strikes help maintain the pressure on Daesh and prevent them once again inflicting their twisted ideology on the people of Iraq.”

The RAF’s armed reconnaissance missions support the enduring work of the Iraqi security forces to prevent any resurgence of the Daesh terrorist movement within their country as part of Operation Shader.

There are currently three Typhoon squadrons at RAF Coningsby and four at RAF Lossiemouth. However, the MOD doesn’t tend to confirm which station the squadron is from for specific operations.

In addition, Coningsby has a training squadron and another that deals with tactics and develops and tests new equipment.

A coronavirus outbreak has been declared at RAF Coningsby after several cases were confirmed.

These cases are contributing to the high case numbers in East Lindsey and the local public health team is liaising with the Ministry of Defence’s health protection staff.

The district of East Lindsey also currently has the highest COVID-19 infection rate in the county.

Tony McGinty, Assistant Director for Public Health, said: “The local public health team are aware of this outbreak and are liasing with MoD health protection staff, who lead on COVID-19 issues on all military sites.

“The cases associated with this outbreak are contributing to the high case numbers we have in East Lindsey at the moment but we are confident that the outbreak is being well managed.”

An RAF Spokesperson said: “There has been a small number of COVID cases at RAF Coningsby which account for a small percentage of the increase in cases in the region.

“RAF Coningsby continues to work closely with Public Health authorities and has robust measures in place to protect our people and the wider community while they carry out their essential duties defending the nation.”

East Lindsey District Council leader Craig Leyland spoke about the coronavirus situation in the area.

A statement from East Lindsey District Council leader Craig Leyland also called on people to follow the guidance.

“If we all come together, we can help limit the spread of COVID-19, help look after one another and help to ensure we exit this lockdown period as smoothly as possible,” he said.

RAF Coningsby hosted US Air Force jet fighters this week as part of a three-day training exercise.

The United States Air Force is testing new ways of deploying its aircraft during potential crises through the Agile Combat Employment concept.

The recent Mission Assurance Exercise saw a number of F-15E Strike Eagles from Lakenheath operated from Coningsby alongside RAF Typhoons.

USAF Colonel Jason Camilletti, Commander of the 48th Fighter Wing, said: “ACE means fighting on the move, with small units and small footprints.

“Exercising elements of ACE enables US forces in Europe to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver lethal combat power across the spectrum of military operations.”

F15 arriving at RAF Coningsby on Wednesday 30th September as part of 3 day US Airforce exercise. | Photo: MOD

Crew of US Air Force F15 preparing to depart RAF Coningsby. | Photo: MOD

Group Captain Matt Peterson, Station Commander at RAF Coningsby, said: “Our two air forces share a long and distinguished history of co-operation, achievement, and joint sacrifice.

“For example, in World War Two US airman Lieutenant Carl Joseph Van-Horn sadly died flying from Coningsby on D-Day in 1944.

“The Typhoon squadrons based here train weekly with our colleagues from RAF Lakenheath over the North Sea, deepening our understanding of how our respective forces operate; honing the skills required to operate in coalitions around the world.

“Hosting the Strike Eagles here is part of that ongoing process that further strengthens the already close ties between our stations.”

F15 Strike Eagle from 48th Fighter Wing, US Airforce, RAF Lakenheath shortly before departure at RAF Coningsby on Wednesday, September 30. | Photo: MOD

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