TWO RAF fighter jets have been relocated to Yorkshire ready to defend the UK airspace at a "moment's notice".

Two quick reaction alert Typhoons from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland have temporarily relocated to RAF Leeming in Northallerton as part of a programme of exercises to ensure the fighter jets are always ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

The RAF maintains a pool of quick reaction alert Typhoons at readiness 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to any potential threats.

This is a significant part of the RAF’s primary role to defend the UK and UK interests overseas.

Group Captain Prendergast, Station Commander, RAF Leeming, said: "The Royal Air Force stands ready to defend UK airspace at a moment’s notice – it’s what we do. Working closely with our Lossiemouth counterparts, I was incredibly impressed by the professionalism and efficiency with which our personnel ensured that RAF Leeming was ready to accommodate this vital capability rapidly and successfully."

Wing Commander McAuley, Officer Commanding Operations Wing, said: "RAF Lossiemouth personnel from a range of professions, in partnership with RAF Leeming, have worked tirelessly to ensure the QRA capability continues to maintain the security of the UK Airspace."