This ceremony is the final piece of a rather emotional farewell jigsaw, with our official decommissioning here today

Captain Adrian Orchard, Commanding Officer of RNAS Culdrose

But with SAR duties transferred to a civilian firm on New Year’s Day, Gannet Flight is no longer required – nor too its sister unit 771 Naval Air Squadron from Culdrose, which decommissions next month.

Culdrose’s Commanding Officer Captain Adrian Orchard was the guest of honour for the Gannet Flight’s final ceremonial divisions and decommissioning ceremony – conducted inside thanks to the near-persistent foul weather which has lashed southwest Scotland this year.

“Over the years, HMS Gannet has enjoyed immense support the length and breadth of Scotland,” said the unit’s final Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Charlie Fuller.

“This ceremony is the final piece of a rather emotional farewell jigsaw, with our official decommissioning here today.”

Captain Orchard, a veteran Harrier pilot, thanked the military personnel and civilians who support them and wished them good luck for the future.

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