Royal New Ingerland Air Force
|Royal New Ingerland Air Force|
Badge of the Royal New Ingerland Air Force
|Motto||Ad Astra Per Aspera|
|March||Aces High (Listen)|
|Mascot||New Ingerland Eagle (Aquila guelphii)|
|Chief of Staff||AVM John Westcott|
The Royal New Ingerland Air Force or RNIAF is the air branch of the New Ingerland Defence Force. The RNIAF has a small but potent combat force that has a proud history of proving itself to be capable against much larger forces.
The present size of the RNIAF reflects the small size of the New Ingerland Defence Force in general. However, the RNIAF is able to boast a capable force of over 7,200 personnel and 500 aircraft, making is perfectly capable of defending New Ingerland's air space against an infraction from a foreign power. The professional head of the Royal New Ingerland Air Force is the Chief of the Air Force Staff, currently Air Marshal John Westcott, who is assisted by the Air Commander to oversee the five operational groups that make up the modern air force. The Chief of the Air Force Staff in turn reports to the Chief of the Defence Force Staff, and is a member of the Joint Defence Headquarters Chiefs of Staff Council.
The strength and size of the RNIAF reflects Ingerland's commitment to a doctrine of Total Defence, as outlined in the Defence Readiness Act. The RNIAF is required to maintain its capability of defending and maintaining superiority over the airspace of the realm from an external threat, and in tandem with the Navy and Army, neutralise any threat as it emerges.
The Total Defence doctrine also requires the RNIAF to maintain an active reserve force of appropriate size, and train a number of national serviceman each year in order to keep the active reserve force fully capable.
Formation and the prewar period
Unlike other Ingerish Commonwealth armed forces, neither the Royal New Ingerland Navy nor the New Ingerland Army maintained any flying units before the Great War. The Ministry of Defence rejected proposals to establish air arms from both services, believing that it would redirect precious funds away from providing the high quality equipment the government existing units on the field of battle. Where New Ingerland's forces required air cover,it was expected that units from Ingerland would fulfil this role.
Presently, the RNIAF has 1,716 permanent full-time personnel, and 4,904 part-time active reserve personnel. Until it was suspended in 2016, the air force also typically conscripted around 600 national servicemen each year.
The Royal New Ingerland Air Force currently operates 141 aircraft, with 57 fixed wing and 84 helicopters in service.
Aside from three major airbases, the RNIAF also operates a number of smaller auxiliary sites around the country. These minor sites include reservist stations, radar and surveillance facilities, and training colleges for various technical purposes.
|St Collen, CENT|
|Te Piha, DEVX|
|Royal Air College|
Ranks and uniform
Symbols, flags, and emblems
As is traditional in all services of the New Ingerland Defence Force, the Royal New Ingerland Air Force has adopted symbols to represent it, act as a rallying point for its members and encourage esprit de corps. To that end, the principal emblems of the RNIAF are the ensign and the roundel.
References and notes
- Defence Readiness Act (Public Act No. 22 of 1984).