Sqn Ldr Timothy Jones, RAF Regiment

Squadron Leader Timothy Jones, Oman Distiguished Service Medal

Between 1972 – 1978 a number of RAF Regiment Officers served on secondment to the Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces, during the Dhofar campaign against Communist rebels operating from neighbouring Yemen. Six of these Officers were recognised for their service. Sqn Ldr Jones was the only one who received the Oman Distinguished Service Medal for Gallantry.

Front-right view of a FV101 Scorpion

FV101 Scorpion

The FV101 Scorpion was the lead vehicle and the fire support type in the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked), CVR(T), family of seven armoured vehicles. Manufactured by Alvis, it was introduced into service with the British Army in 1973 and served until 1994.

Front-left view of a FV105 Sultan

FV105 Sultan

When the CVR(T) series of aluminum light armoured vehicles was designed, a full range of variants was considered including the FV105 Sultan command vehicle.

Front-left view of a FV106 Samson

FV106 Samson

When the CVR(T) series of aluminum light armoured vehicles was designed, a full range of variants was considered including the FV106 Samson Armoured Recovery Vehicle.

Bofors 40mm L40/70 anti-aircraft gun in a sandbagged diorama

Bofors 40mm L40/70

More complex and more effective than the 40/60 which saw distinguished service in WW2, the 40/70 served the Regiment well in many parts of the world from 1957 until 1978 and the introduction of the Rapier missile system.

Map of Cyprus

Cyprus

After the departure of British Forces from Egypt, Cyprus became the main British base in the Eastern Mediterranean with a Regiment Squadron setting a record for the longest single deployment.