No. 7010 Squadron RAF


No. 7010 Squadron RAF

Founded in April 1953, as No. 7010 Flight Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, to provide strategic imagery analysis support to the Royal Air Force. In 1965, the flight expanded its role to include tactical imagery analysis. In August 1982, Her Majesty The Queen approved the issue of a badge to the flight. In allusion to the unit's role, the emblem of a human eye is portrayed with a wing embellishment and set in front of a roundel. The motto "Vocati Veniemus" may be freely translated as "when summoned we shall be there". The collapse of the Warsaw Pact resulted in a large reduction of NATO forces in central Europe. In turn this has led to a major reduction in, and reorganisation of, the United Kingdom's regular and reserve forces. Within this overall plan for defence, 7010 Flight became 7010 (VR) Photographic Interpretation Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

Mission statement

To recruit and train a reserve cadre of operational imagery analysts capable of the processing and exploitation of all source imagery whenever and wherever it is needed, augmenting and working with the regular Royal Air Force to achieve a shared purpose.

Organisation

7010 (VR) Squadron is administered from Headquarters Intelligence Reserves, Royal Air Force Waddington, Lincolnshire. Squadron personnel are assigned to support two units: the Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (JARIC) at RAF Brampton in Cambridgeshire, and Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing (TIW) at RAF Marham in Norfolk.

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