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No. 7006 Flight RAFVR
No. 7006 (Volunteer Reserves) Squadron RAuxAF
File:7006 Squadron RAuxAF Badge
Squadron Badge
Active 1986–Present
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  Royal Air Force
Role Intelligence Gather and Analysing
Size Squadron
Part of Intelligence Reserve Wing
Squadron HQ RAF Waddington
Motto(s) (Latin): Florebo Quocumque Ferar
(English): I will flower everywhere I am planted
Engagements
Website 7006 SQUADRON RAUXAF

No. 7006 Intelligence Squadron RAuxAF is a specialist intelligence unit of the Royal Air Force's reserve component, the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. Since 1997, the squadron has been the only dedicated reserve intelligence squadron in the RAF.

Formation

In 1986, No. 7006 (Intelligence) Flight RAF was formed at RAF High Wycombe as a dedicated Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve intelligence unit. The flight's initial role was to provide linguists tailored to the needs of the Cold War. At the time of formation, the new flight sat under Headquarters, RAF Volunteer Reserves along with Nos. 7010, 7630, and 7644 flights.[1][2]

During the Gulf War, the flight deployed alongside 7644 (Public Relations) Flight, and 4624 (Movements) and 4626 (Aeromedical Evacuation) Squadrons.[2][3]

In 1997, following the Front Line First reform, the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve was merged into the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, and the flight expanded to form No. 7006 Squadron RAuxAF. Sometime by 2021, the squadron was moved under command of the new Intelligence Reserve Wing sitting under No. 2 Group RAF, today based at RAF Waddington. In 2016, the squadron was based at RAF Cranwell[1][2][4]

Today the squadron is based at RAF Waddington, with personnel serving at RAF Wyton, RAF Brize Norton, RAF High Wycombe, and RAF Digby. The squadron today is one of only three units providing intelligence support to the regular RAF. The squadron's title has also changed to become No. 7006 (Volunteer Reserves) Intelligence Squadron RAuxAF.[1][2][4]

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