ROYAL Air Force communications specialists based at RAF Leeming honoured their departed colleagues at their annual service of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Personnel from 90 Signals Unit, members of the 90 Signals Unit and Tactical Communications Wing Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), veterans, family and friends of the unit and wing, honoured the departed as the names of all personnel listed on the memorial were read out.

The stone, which is one of more than 200 memorials in the United Kingdom’s year-round centre of remembrance, commemorates and celebrates personnel who died in service whilst serving or who had previously served on 90 Signals Unit or Tactical Communications Wing. A stone at the front of the memorial remembers those veterans of the Unit who have passed away after they have retired from service in the Royal Air Force.

Group Captain Ian Chesworth, Commanding Officer 90 Signals Unit, said: “The history of 90 Signals Unit reaches well beyond its formation to when there was only a Tactical Communications Wing, which is 50 years old next year. During that time, we have sadly lost personnel during their service. It is vital to remember them."