RAF Prestwick (formerly RAF Ayr) is the home of the "Scottish Air Traffic Control Centre (Military)", and is located within the NATS air traffic control (ATC) facility at Prestwick, in Ayrshire, Scotland.
The Scottish Air Traffic Control Centre (Military), or "ScATCC (Mil)" as it is also known, is located within the Prestwick Centre, and is staffed by RAF Air Traffic Control Officers and Air Traffic Control Assistants. Both military and civilian aircraft are controlled by RAF controllers who provide a variety of air traffic services predominantly outside controlled airspace or within airspace designated as Military Training Areas. An "Alerting & Fixing Cell" is co-located with "ScATCC (Mil)" within the Prestwick Centre, specifically tasked to assist aircraft in distress and/or encountering emergency situations.
The Station Badge shows a Lion, (symbolising strength and valour), holding a shepherd's crook, (symbolising watchfulness), within a turret, (symbolising a place of refuge, strength and safety). The unit motto, FAIRE AGUS GLIOCAS, is Scottish Gaelic for "Watchfulness and Wisdom".
RAF Prestwick is scheduled for closure in 2013, and is currently commanded by Wing Commander John Dickson MA RAF.
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