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operational, logistic and administrative support functions.
A vital part of maintaining QRA and operational capability is ensuring that the needs of the families and partners of the 2,400 personnel are looked after.  The Station is also a major and well-integrated part of the local community in Moray, an outstandingly beautiful part of Scotland.
The future of RAF Lossiemouth looks bright with a new strategic partnership between Boeing and the government which will see the purchase of nine new Boeing P8 maritime patrol aircraft and the building of a new £100m P-8A operational support and training base at RAF Lossiemouth, creating more than 100 new jobs.
RAF Lossiemouth is a Typhoon Main Operating Base and provides the Quick Reaction Alert (Interceptor) North (QRA) for the United Kingdom.  The strategically important position of the Moray airbase, on the northern Scottish coastline, makes it an ideal location to maintain aircraft and crews on high alert, in order to scramble and intercept unidentified aircraft approaching UK airspace.  This is the basis of QRA and is a duty that has been maintained by the UK on a 24/7 basis for decades.  There are three Typhoon squadrons based at RAF Lossiemouth as well as the Tornado Operational Conversion Unit, an RAF Regiment Field Squadron and
an RAF Regiment Auxiliary Squadron, as well as an extensive range of