Aircrew from the Royal Air Force’s largest aircraft have been impressing senior military leaders from across Africa with Voyager’s versatility at this week’s Marrakech Air Show.
The visit of the multi-role troop transporter, air-to-air refueller and airborne critical care facility aimed to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to strengthening defence ties with Morocco and to promote the RAF in Africa. With the aircraft’s presence also making prime time news on Moroccan TV, the visit is being hailed as a success.
Among those meeting the crew on board the modified Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, Thomas Reilly.
“The Voyager is a big physical presence and therefore it is a very clear evidence of the UK’s commitment to an armed forces relationship with Morocco.
During talks with the RAF’s senior representative, Air Commodore Mark Jeffery, and the British Defence Attaché, the Inspector General of the Moroccan Forces Royales Air, Air Brigadier General El Abed Alaoui Bouhamid, agreed that the visit by Voyager was a visible demonstration of the strength of the relationship between Morocco and the UK.
Reflecting on Voyager’s first appearance to the Marrakech Air Show, Wing Commander Roger Flynn from the UK’s Defence and Security Organisation had something to say.
“This was a very successful visit that surpassed expectations. The Moroccans were great hosts and keen to engage at all levels from their Chief down to their junior technicians.
Air Tanker own, manage and maintain the RAF’s fleet of 14 Voyager aircraft and it is flown by 10 Squadron and 101 Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.