New Boss For II(AC) Squadron
On a snowy day at the end of January Wing Commander Nick Tucker-Lowe completed his final flight as Officer Commanding Number II(AC) Squadron accompanied by RAF Marham’s Station Commander Group Captain David Cooper before handing over the reins to Wing Commander Jez Holmes.
Wing Commander Tucker-Lowe commanded II(AC) Squadron, one of the oldest fixed winged Squadrons of the Royal Air Force, during their very important centenary year that saw a number of celebrations and events to commemorate this historical event. During his two years in charge of the Squadron he has been extremely busy as the Squadron deployed to Gioia Del Colle in support of Operation ELLAMY over the skies of Libya and more recently to Afghanistan supporting UK and Coalition Forces on Operation HERRICK.
Wing Commander Tucker-Lowe said: “To command Number II(AC) Squadron has been a great honour and privilege. The Squadron’s personnel have worked tirelessly over the past two years when home-based, on exercise and throughout two demanding deployments patrolling the skies of Libya and then Afghanistan. I have been immensely impressed by the individual professionalism and determination of every Serviceman and Servicewoman on the Squadron, and have been equally impressed by their inspiring teamwork. With the support of families, friends and our neighbours here in West Norfolk, the Squadron continues to go from strength to strength. So I wish my successor Wing Commander Holmes and everyone on Shiny Two every success in the future.”
Wing Commander Jez Holmes is no stranger to RAF Marham as he returns for his third tour at the base previously serving with both IX(B) Squadron and II(AC) Squadron. On his return to Marham he said: “My family and I are delighted to return to Marham and Number II (Army Cooperation) Squadron for a second tour, and it is a real privilege to take over command of ‘Shiny Two’ in its centenary year. The Squadron has been at the forefront of recent operations serving both in Afghanistan and over Libya; 2013 should present an opportunity for some much needed time at home as well as the consolidation of the skills required for the Tornado’s wider contingency roles. I’d like to congratulate Nick on a fantastic tour as the commander of one the oldest fixed wing squadron in the RAF and the Squadron wishes him and his family all the very best for the future.”