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No. 6 Squadron RAF

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No. 6 Squadron
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Information
RoleOffensive Support
Aircraft OperatedSEPECAT Jaguar
Home StationRAF Coltishall
Motto"Oculi exercitus (The eyes of the Army)"
History
Date Founded31 January 1914
BadgeAn eagle, wings elevated, preying on a serpent
Notable Battle Honours

No. 6 Squadron of the Royal Air Force operates the Jaguar GR.3 from RAF Coltishall, Norfolk.

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Current Role

As an offensive support unit, the Squadron uses the Jaguar in the Close air support (CAS) and tactical reconnaissance roles.

The Jaguar is scheduled to be replaced by the Eurofighter Typhoon in RAF service. The RAF has announced that No. 6 Sqn will be the third operational front line squadron equipped with the Eurofighter Typhoon and the first with Tranche 2 aircraft. No. 6 Sqn will disband and reform with the Typhoonat RAF Leuchars, Scotland.

History

No. 6 squadron's motto is ‘Oculi Exercitus,’ (The Eyes of the Army), and the badge depicts an eagle attacking a serpent. The squadron gained this motto and badge as a result of fighter defence of army units during World War I.

In 1969 the squadron was the first to receive the Phantom FGR2 from RAF Coningsby, before receiving the Jaguar GR1 and T2 at RAF Lossiemouth in 1974. The squadron then moved to its present home at Coltishall. From here the squadrons aircraft were deployed to the Gulf as part of Operation Granby (Gulf War,) for which it received Battle Honours and later as part of the Northern No-Fly-Zone. The squadron deployed to Italy for operations over Bosnia from 1993.


RAF Jaguar units

Future Typhoon squadrons

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