Parade to mark police wing’s move to RAF Honington

Number 3 Police Wing March on parade at Royal Air Force Honington ANL-151206-130515001
Number 3 Police Wing March on parade at Royal Air Force Honington ANL-151206-130515001

RAF Honington has officially welcomed Number 3 Police Wing which has relocated from RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire.

About 50 personnel from 3PW marched in formation through the main gate of their new base to be welcomed by station commander Group Captain Mick Smeath.

The move will see the number of personnel at RAF Honington swell by about 300.

Group Captain Smeath said: “It is an honour and a privilege to welcome the personnel from 3 Police Wing and their families to RAF Honington.

“The Wing has a long and distinguished history, dating back to 1946, and is an integral part of the Royal Air Force’s protection capability.”

The Wing joins RAF Police colleagues at the Integrated Force Protection headquarters in a move that will create ‘greater operational efficiency’ and more opportunity to work collaboratively with the RAF regiment.

Group Captain Smeath added: “Relocating 3 Police Wing from Henlow to Honington will enable better collaborative working with sister units already based here.

“Importantly, the station has excellent welfare and social facilities that will be of great benefit to the families, while supported by a local community with which we have exceptionally close ties.”

The men and women of 3PW provide deployable capabilities in support of operations in the UK and overseas for the RAF and defence as a whole including cyber defence, forensics, aviation security, flying complaints investigation and security consultancy.