May 16th 2016

RAF Reserve Intelligence Specialists step out of the Shadows

Reservist salutes HRH Prince Michael of Kent

To mark its 30th anniversary, 7006 (VR) Intelligence Squadron was joined by HRH Prince Michael of Kent for a service of commemoration at St Clement Danes Church, London.


HRH Prince Michael of Kent, together with the Squadron’s Honorary Air Commodore, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, met current and former 7006 (VR) Intelligence Squadron members at a reception held the RAF Club.

7006 (VR) Intelligence Squadron was formed as a Reserve Flight at High Wycombe on 1 st April 1986 to provide intelligence specialists to augment the RAF when required, and later became a Squadron in 1997 with the amalgamation of the RAF Reserve into the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

The Squadron has provided support to almost every major UK operation over the last 30 years, including Op GRANBY in 1991, operations in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990’s, over 10 years continuous support to Ops TELIC and HERRICK, and Op OLYMPICS in 2012.

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Inside the anniversary event

7006 (VR) Intelligence Squadron is the RAF Reserves only dedicated Operational Intelligence Squadron and recruits nationally, drawing its part-time volunteer reserve members from a broad range of both civilians and former service personnel. Currently headquartered at RAF Cranwell, 7006 operates across the UK and around the world.

The Squadron’s Officer Commanding, Squadron Leader Andy Fennell, said: “It was important that the Squadron celebrated its quiet achievements and the contribution made by Squadron members, past and present, to Defence and the UK Government. Marking our 30th anniversary with such a memorable occasion recognises the commitment that my part-time reserves make to the service as we continue to meet its needs”.

"It was important that the Squadron celebrated its quiet achievements and the contribution made by Squadron members, past and present, to Defence and the UK Government."