Jo Churchill MP visits Wattisham Flying Station

On Tuesday 28th July Jo Churchill paid a special visit to the British Army Attack Aviation base at Wattisham Flying Station to gain an insight to military life in Suffolk.

On the visit she met with the Commander of Wattisham Flying Station, current aircrew and senior members of staff to see and discuss the military operation at the base and future plans for investment.

As a longstanding supporter of the Armed forces in the local constituency and Parliament Jo was keen to gain a better understanding of the importance of the Apache to our nation’s defence.

Following a guided tour of the base and a briefing from members of the 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, Jo flew an Apache across the constituency under the guidance of one of the base’s flying instructors.

After the visit Jo Churchill said “It was an amazing experience to fly one of our iconic Apache helicopters across the constituency and to meet the men and women who keep these helicopters operational”.

Wattisham Airfield is an integral part of our local community and I was pleased with the update from the Station Commander regarding its long-term future.

During the visit I was reminded once again of our Armed Forces dedication and professionalism and thanked our service personnel for their hard work,”

Colonel Paul Hayhurst, Commander of Wattisham Flying Station added ‘’It was a pleasure hosting Jo Churchill and a great chance for our service personnel to meet our constituent’s MP. At Wattisham Flying Station, we very much value the importance of remaining connected to our local population and value enormously the support we receive from them. We look forward to embracing similar opportunities in the future.’’