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New station commander at RAF Coningsby

A new station commander has taken charge of RAF Coningsby, home of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Group Captain Mark Flewin assumed command of the historic air base after a formal handover.

The new station commander has previously served at the base, flying Typhoon aircraft with both No 3 and No XI Squadrons.

“I am delighted to have assumed command at RAF Coningsby,” said Group Captain Flewin.

“I would like to formally thank Group Captain Baulkwill for his considerable efforts over the last two years.

“Having been closely involved with the station for a significant portion of my career, I feel privileged to return at a time of continued growth and in the service’s centenary year.

“It has been immediately apparent that the station has maintained its exemplary reputation, both at home and on operations overseas, and the committed, resourceful people working here remain its greatest strength.

“I look forward to working closely with all those on station and across the whole force as I assume command.”

Station command was officially handed over by Group Captain Baulkwill.

Group Captain Mike Baulkwill, the former station commander, will now take up a new post in London as Air Commodore.

He said: “As I hand over to Group Captain Flewin I wanted to thank all of RAF Coningsby for its outstanding work, total commitment and unwavering support during my time in command.

“The pace for us all has been unrelenting and the demands on all of you has been intense.

“I know that the station will afford the new station commander the very same support I received and I wish Mark the very best for the next two years.”

The station has had 22 commanders since it was first opened in 1940 as a bomber station.