The Duke of Kent has formally presented a new standard to 58 Squadron at RAF Leuchars.
The Duke also inspected the squadron, took the general salute and presented the standard as well as giving an address.
A number of Typhoon aircraft of No 6 Squadron also conducted a flypast to coincide with the general salute.
58 Sqn reformed at Leuchars on April 1, 2010. The Sqn is a sub-unit of No 6 RAF Force Protection Wing, which is operationally controlled by the Commanding Officer of RAF Honington.
RAF Leuchars provides life support and administrative parenting for 6 RAF FP Wg and 58 Sqn RAF Regt. The Sqn's previous Standard was permanently laid up following the disbandment of 58 Sqn RAF Regt in 1992, as a consequence, a new Sqn Standard has been commissioned.
As part of 6 FP Wing, 58 Sqn deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 completing a successful seven-month operational deployment providing force protection for the airfield at Camp Bastion from indirect fire and ground attack and protecting international security.
The future of the base at Leuchars remains unclear after it was announced that the site was to be used as an army base instead with the RAF leaving completely by 2015.
However it is understood necessary investments for this have not yet been made.
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