This week Prince Michael of Kent, Honorary Air Commodore at RAF Benson presented a new banner to standard bearer Flight Lieutenant Danny Hogan consecrating the commission of the RAF 28th Squadron’s new standard.
Wing Commander Simon “Spats” Paterson commented that the consecration of the new flag was an important symbolic occasion for the men of the squadron. He explained:
“The standard symbolises the core ethos and effort of the squadron. To have a new standard consecrated at this time, when the squadron has recently been deploying to Afghanistan, is hugely important to us.”
Two flights of personnel and the squadron standard party paraded during the ceremony and service, which was conducted by Reverend Group Captain Nick Barry.
Addressing the gathered servicemen, Prince Michael said:
“The squadron standard is an important emblem that embodies the history, traditions and ideals of the armed forces. Those of you serving with 28 Squadron should look upon it as your standard of honour and uphold it by your continued loyal and unstinting service.”
He also commented that he never ceased to be impressed by the squadron’s ability to “continually rise to the challenge of the ever-increasing demands laid upon them.”
The new silk flag is light blue in colour with leeks, shamrocks, thistles and roses in the border, with white scrolls on each side inscribed with battle honours of the squadron, complete with the official squadron badge in the centre.