RAF’s No. 11 Group to Reform
RAF’s Legendary Battle of Britain Fighter Command Group to Reform for Air, Space and Cyber Role
The Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Hillier has announced that the RAF’s No. 11 Group, Fighter Command, will be reformed to lead air, space and cyber operations. Sir Hillier made the announcement at the Air Power Conference in London, July 11.
The original No. 11 Group, Fighter Command, protected London and the South East of England during the Second World War, playing a decisive role in the Battle of Britain. No. 11 Group was responsible for more than two-thirds of the 1,733 enemy aircraft destroyed during the air battle.
The Air Chief Marshall described the original No. 11 Group as being “in so many ways an early demonstration of the power of multi-domain capability”.
“They fused the aircraft, the command and control, the communications, the decision-makers across the entire network,” said Sir Hillier, to “bring them all together in order to create the best effect.”
Formed in 1936, No. 11 Group was the first RAF Fighter Command group. During the Battle of Britain it was commanded by New Zealander Air Vice Marshall Keith Park. No. 11 Group was finally disbanded in 1994.
The reformed No. 11 Group will integrate air, space and cyber domains under a single command. Sir Hillier said that “what I am trying to make sure is that they are absolutely seen as core as to how we do our business.”
The move follows the recent reformation of another legendary World War Two RAF unit, 617 Squadron, to fly the RAF’s new F-35B Lightning II aircraft.
The Air Power Conference continues until July 12.
Sources: Forces.net and other sources.
Image: A Spitfire from the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) is pictured with a 3 Squadron RAF Typhoon aircraft in formation over Lincolnshire. Photograph by Sgt Pete Mobbs (Crown Copyright, 2010).