The air force is poised to make a surprise return to a Moray military base – six years after moving out.
The first personnel who will be working with the Poseidon P-8s have already started arriving at RAF Lossiemouth.
The multi-million-pound investment into the north-east’s largest air base is now expected to be even bigger than first expected.
Air force crews destined for the north-east have been putting the UK’s latest submarine-hunting aircraft through its paces.
Firms are being scrambled to bid for the £100million contract for the overhaul of a north-east military base.
One of the most senior members of the armed forces has visited Moray to inspect planes which will be based in the region in the future.
A massive war games exercise, based around Moray, has been hailed as a successful initiative.
A huge revamp of a Moray airbase to make it ready for a fleet of new maritime patrol aircraft could start as early as next year.
Flying aces who honed their skills at the former RAF Kinloss base are poised to return to the region when a fleet of new spy plans arrive.