SKIOS Membership Invitation
Membership of 202 Squadron for SKIOS Personnel
Since the introduction of contractors at first line as part of the Sea King Integrated Operational Support (SKIOS) contract, Agusta Westland and VT personnel have worked seamlessly 24/7 with their military colleagues in 202 Squadron to deliver operational search and rescue (SAR) capability. At the Association annual general meeting on 26 April 2015, the members of the 202 Squadron Association agreed to mark this close working relationship.
At the Association AGM it was therefore proposed that the SKIOS personnel who directly support Number 202 Squadron in delivering SAR, in particular those SKIOS staff at Boulmer, Lossiemouth and Leconfield, should be offered the opportunity to join the 202 Squadron Association. The proposal was carried unanimously.
As the Chair of the Association it gives me great pleasure to write formally to you to inform you of this opportunity. I have enclosed a flyer that explains both the benefits of Association membership and how to apply.
I look forward to SKIOS personnel joining the Association so that the close relationships that have been formed in the delivery of operational capability can be continued beyond the ending of military SAR.
Reply from SKIOS Operational Manager
It was great to see you at the SAR dinner last week and I thank you, and the 202 Sqn Association, for extending this very great honour of membership of the association to SKIOS personnel who directly support the Sqn. I will ensure that all SKIOS personnel at Lossiemouth, Boulmer and Leconfield are briefed and provided with copies of the Association Forms you forwarded to me. I hope that there will be a significant uptake as a mark of the very close relationship that exists between the operators and SKIOS personnel at 202 Sqn Locations.
The significance of the decision of the 202 Sqn Association at your AGM is gratefully acknowledged as a symbol of the integration, trust and friendships built up since 2008 between 202 Sqn and their engineers.
Very best regards,
SKIOS SAR Operations Manager