Force Protection

RAF Force Protection is being restructured to better support future operations, as a result of this some content and information is not present on the new website, but this will be updated soon.

Protecting the RAF's people and assets at home, and on operations.

Crest for RAF Police

RAF Police

Provide specialist law enforcement, counter-intelligence and security services, able to identify and counter threats from terrorism, espionage, sabotage, subversion, extremism and organised crime in the UK and overseas.

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RAF Regiment

Force Protection is a critical requirement for the successful employment of all forms of domestic and expeditionary military power, to counter threats and hazards, enable freedom of action and enhance operational effectiveness.

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Portrait image of Force Protection commander, Air Cdre Frank Clifford OBE MA* RAF

Air Cdre Frank Clifford OBE MA* RAF

Commissioned into the RAF Regiment in 1984 he served in Germany, initially as a Rapier Missile Commander.  Seconded at short notice to 4 Wing RAF Regiment he deployed to the Gulf region supporting the Tornado and helicopter forces for Op Granby.

His first true staff exposure came with a posting to the then Directorate of Joint Warfare in a CBRN equipment and policy related role. His endeavours were rewarded with a detachment to Kosovo as the UK Commander of the Kosovo Protection Corps. He returned to assume the role of Operations Officer to the UK Chinook Force. Upon completion of Staff College he assumed command of No 2 Force Protection Wing and immediately deployed to support operations in Afghanistan. After a short period back in the UK he deployed his Wing to Afghanistan and took command of all force protection activities associated with the defence of Kandahar airfield. Nine months later he undertook the same task this time in Basra. 

Appointed as Station Commander RAF High Wycombe and Group Captain United States Visiting Forces he particularly enjoyed having 30 officers who outranked him on his station. Pulled slightly early from command, he deployed to Sierra Leone as the Deputy Brigade Commander and senior UK Military representative in the National Ebola Response Centre. He was selected for promotion and has assumed the mantle of Force Protection Force Commander for the RAF from May 2016.

Force Protection Wings

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