The RAF’s solely bomb disposal squadron is to be disbanded with the Military taking up its duties.
5131 Bomb Disposal Squadron was created 75 years in the past and relies at RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire.
An RAF spokesman mentioned the closure was not a money-saving train however was about ending a duplication of effort with the Military’s bomb disposal models.
Wittering Station Commander Gp Capt Tony Keeling mentioned it “has lived by its motto, to make the dangerous innocent”.
The squadron might be phased out by April 2020 however no personnel might be made redundant.
As a substitute they may switch their abilities to different Air Power models.
The RAF’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron was arrange in 1943 to defuse German bombs and by 1945 it had made protected 176,000 weapons.
It took half within the Falklands Battle in 1982, clearing the runway at Stanley, and was one of many first models over the Iraq border throughout Operation Granby in 1991.
Gp Capt Keeling mentioned: “For 75 years, the squadron has lived by its motto, to make the dangerous innocent, in its operational position and the numerous events by which it has assisted the civilian authorities to take care of public security.
“5131 Bomb Disposal Squadron has served this nation with bravery, honour and distinction and has maintained the very best traditions of the Royal Air Power all through its historical past.”