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Flt Lt Steven Swarbrick

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Remembered by: Courtesy of The Daily Telegraph

Date added: 1 Nov 2010

Flight Lieutenant Steve Swarbrick, who died on 2 September, 2006, aged 28, was a pilot serving in Afghanistan with Royal Air Force Kinloss.
Flt Lt Swarbrick, affectionately known as 'Swarbs', was admired by colleagues for the loyalty and commitment he showed his Regiment.
He was described by his superiors as an exceptional pilot with the 'world at his feet'.
Flt Lt Swarbrick was a keen sports enthusiast, passionate about cricket and a devoted Liverpool Football Club fan. He was an adventurous person who loved outdoor activities and excelled at rock climbing.
Flt Lt Swarbrick came from Liverpool and was a member of 120 Squadron at RAF Kinloss, based in Moray, Scotland. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2006.
On 2 September, 2006, he was taking part in a major offensive against the Taliban near Kandahar when the Nimrod MR2 aircraft he was flying in crashed, killing him and 11 other RAF Kinloss personnel.
The 37-year-old Nimrod aircraft had just completed a routine air-to-air refuelling and the crew reported a fire on board shortly before the crash.
Flt Lt Swarbrick leaves behind his girlfriend Laura Robson, from Inverness.
Station Commander Group Captain Chris Birks expressed his sadness at the tragedy: "I am very deeply saddened about the deaths of 12 air crew from Royal Air Force Kinloss in a Nimrod accident over Afghanistan. All 12 were from Number 120 Squadron based here at Kinloss. All were long serving and experienced air crew. As well as first class personnel these were colleagues and friends of myself and my other personnel. The station is in mourning."
Wing Commander Martin Cannard, Officer Commanding 120 Squadron, said: "120 Squadron has suffered a profound loss. We have lost good friends and colleagues, many known personally to us over many years. I have been humbled by the commitment and determination of all of my people to do all that they can for those that have lost loved ones and friends and this will be our sole focus in the coming days."

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