No 54 Squadron reformed at RAF Lossiemouth on
29th March 1974, as the RAF’s first Jaguar Squadron.
The unit was heavily involved in the Gulf War in 1991 when pilots and ground
crew from 54 Squadron helped form the 22-strong Jaguar Detachment based at
Muharraq in Bahrain. During the 3 months of the war the detachment flew over
600 missions without loss.
Soon after the Gulf War, 54 Squadron was deployed to Incirlik Air Force Base in
Southern Turkey to form part of the Coalition Forces patrolling Northern Iraq
as part of Operation WARDEN.
Only 6 months after finishing its involvement in OPERATION WARDEN the Squadron
deployed to Gioia del Colle, Italy in support of Operation DENY FLIGHT. The
Squadron once again deployed to Italy in 1997 on Operation DELIBERATE GUARD
with the modified Jaguar 96 aircraft.
RAF Jaguar squadrons were earmarked to take part in OPERATION TELIC against the
Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, but Turkish refusal to allow them to operate
from that country meant they did not take part in the hostilities. Based at RAF
Coltishall, the squadron was part of 38 Group's Offensive Strike Wing when it
disbanded on 11 March 2005.
In September 2005, the unit re-formed at Waddington as the ISTAR (Intelligence,
Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) Operational Conversation
Unit (OCU) to train aircrews from the three ISTAR platforms - Sentry, Nimrod R1
and Sentinel R1.