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 Guardian | MoD to close four RAF bases
RAF Boulmer in Northumberland, RAF Neatishead in Norfolk, RAF Sealand in Deeside, Flintshire and RAF Stafford will be closed in a move affecting 2,000 jobs.
It is now part of the RAF's string of air defence and surveillance bases, of which Neatishead was one of the first.
Sealand and Stafford, which have radar and refuelling facilities, are part of the RAF's strike command air combat support system.
www.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,4908397-110595,00.html   (501 words)

 The Royal Air Force - Stations   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The primary function of RAF Barkston Heath is as a Relief Landing Ground for the flying training activities at RAF Cranwell.
RAF Brampton Wyton Henlow is the result of the merger of Brampton Wyton (itself a merger) with Henlow which took place on 1 Apr 01.
RAF Brampton is ever synonymous with the Joint Air Reconnaissance Centre (JARIC), but in addition it provides support to a number of other lodger units including elements of the DLO.
www.raf.mod.uk /stations/gen_base.html   (1722 words)

 Charlie Liu's Home Page
The Expeditionary Radar Airfield Squadron (ERAS) at RAF Sealand was formed in 2002 and is a part of Strike Command and is situated on the English/Welsh border in Deeside, Flintshire.
RAF Sealand is due to close in April 2006 and ERAS is to relocate to RAF Scampton.
On detatchment with RAF in Lithuania (Vilnius and Siauliai Airport).
website.lineone.net /~paul.liu   (804 words)

 A Guide to Lyneham, Wiltshire & Beyond   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The bases affected; Sealand, in Flintshire; Boulmer, in Northumberland; and Neatishead, in Norfolk, are relatively small but at least two more - at Benson in Oxfordshire and Coltishall in Norfolk - are likely to close as the cuts bite.
RAF Sealand in Flintshire is to close with the loss of more than 150 civilian jobs.
The planned decommissioning of the C130K Hercules based at RAF Lyneham by the end of the decade will not be replaced until the A400M enters service.
www.lynehamvillage.com /Html/news/lynehamraf/rafcuts270404.html   (674 words)

 BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | North East Wales | RAF Sealand set to close
RAF Sealand employs 135 civilian workers, with around 142 RAF military personnel also on site.
Sealand is currently used as an communications support base for RAF operations around the world.
Although RAF Sealand is threatened with closure, the government may consider keeping on some civilian staff until the equipment they service goes out of use in 2009.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/uk_news/wales/north_east/3652877.stm   (510 words)

 Armed Forces - Royal Air Force - r5a1 - RAF Logistics - Equipment Support (AIR) DLO - Materiel Supply - DCSA _ Defence ...
RAF personnel are seconded to the DLO for the duration of their appointments — usually two to three years.
RAF Wyton is the largest of the three sites and provides the principal home for Equipment Support (Air) (ES Air).
The DARA facility at RAF Sealand near Chester is the main engineering unit for airborne electronic and instrument equipment.
www.armedforces.co.uk /raf/listings/l0019.html   (1221 words)

 BBC NEWS | Wales | Q & A Dara job losses
RAF St Athan is the main base and accounts for more than half of Dara's employees.
John Smith says that, while the RAF has world-class aviation engineers, the airforce is not geared up to compete in a cost-effect manner with routine servicing and upgrades.
The argument is that the RAF is best at front-line or battlefield maintenance and repairs, but long-term and well-planned work, called garage maintenance, can be done more cheaply at Dara, freeing up uniformed RAF staff.
news2.thdo.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/wales/3565547.stm   (713 words)

 The Buchan Observer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
All thoughts of drawdown couldn't be further from the minds of these RAF crew as they man the radars at the operational site, and the computers at the Boddam camp.
RAF Buchan will retain 14 of its homes for the staff who remain at the site to man a Remote Radar Head.
RAF Neatishead was to have been the beneficiary of the MoD's earlier decision to draw-down RAF Buchan, but it now appears that a similar fate will befall the English base, while RAF Boulmer close on its heels.
www.buchanie.co.uk /archived/2004/Week_18/news/raf_feature.asp   (1081 words)

 Ex-RAF Aerial Erectors Association Website
The Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram, it was reported in the RAF News, announced on the 10th March 2005, that RAF ST. Mawgan is to be "mothballed" by 2007.
R.A.F. The proposals by the Armed Forces Minister have been confirmed and the closure of R.A.F. Sealand will now take place by the end of March 2006.
R.A.F. One of the buildings included in the second series of the popular BBC Restoration programme was the Transmitter Block in the grounds of Bawdsey Manor on the Suffolk coast.
www.hariggers.co.uk /places.htm   (1927 words)

 BBC NEWS | England | Tyne | RAF bases axed in defence review
RAF Sealand will close as a result and all but a rescue service will remain at Boulmer and Neatishead.
RAF Boulmer, which houses 750 military and 200 civilian staff, has been the subject of a local campaign.
RAF Boulmer began life as a decoy airfield in 1941 to divert German attacks from nearby RAF Acklington.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/england/tyne/3652305.stm   (434 words)

 ShropshireStar.com - News - Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Shropshire's two RAF bases, at Cosford and Shawbury, were today spared the axe in a round of cost cuts announced by the Ministry of Defence.
RAF Sealand, in Cheshire, is to be shut completely, with RAF Boulmer, in Northumberland, and RAF Neatishead, in Norfolk, drastically downgraded.
It is believed that the RAF hopes to make savings of around £1 billion a year.
www.shropshirestar.com /cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi?archive=5&num=16272   (269 words)

 RAF Sealand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Apr 06 631 VGS will relocate to RAF Woodvale.
Under the round of defence cuts announced in 2004 RAF Sealand is scheduled to close in April 2006, the units there being moved to RAF Scampton.WEF 13 Jan 06 this was changed to RAF Leeming.
The Electronics Business Unit of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA) occupies part of the Sealand site and will remain at Sealand after the closure of the RAF station.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/RAF_Sealand   (228 words)

 Old Camp Photographs
Also based on the main airfield is the RAF College Air Squadron with Tutor T1s, and on the Cranwell North grass airfield is the Cranwell Gliding Club, part of the RAF Gliding and Soaring Association (RAFGSA).
The largest RAF Station in the UK, Brize Norton is the nerve centre of the RAF's air transport capabilities.
St Athan is the major RAF maintenance base for Harrier, Tornado, Jaguar, Hawk, Dominie and VC10, all of which is the responsibility of the Engineering Division.
home.clara.net /damanning/old_camp.htm   (2221 words)

 Next Steps Report 1997   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Achievement fell slightly short of the target at 97.5%, due to a shortfall in spares provisioning, and skills dilution caused by the drawdown in RAF personnel numbers; factors which are outside the control of the Agency.
To pursue the Competing for Quality Initiative by: achieving contract award for the designated functions at RAF Sealand by 31 March 1997; and issuing the invitation to tender at RAF St. Athan by 31 August 1996: not achieved.
To implement the delegation of specified civilian personnel management functions to RAF St. Athan, RAF Sealand and RAF Stafford by 31 March 1998.
www.archive.official-documents.co.uk /document/cm38/3889/mod119.htm   (482 words)

 Military Images Photos Pictures Forums - RAF bases axed in defence review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The government is closing or scaling down RAF operations across the country, armed forces minister Adam Ingram said.
RAF Sealand in Cheshire will close completely while RAF Boulmer in Northumberland and RAF Neatishead in Norfolk are being downgraded.
Units from RAF Brize Norton will move to RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire along with those from Sealand, Boulmer and Neatishead.
www.militaryimages.net /forums/printthread.php?t=312   (113 words)

 Postings etc   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Arriving at RAF Northolt in Feb66 he spent three weeks working in the telephone exchange with a load of women (not half as much fun as it sounds!), but then escaped to the Communications Centre for the remaining three weeks of this short posting.
Chris did a HGV1 course courtesy of the RAF and the taxpayer, and got a job driving as soon as he left the mob: he gave it away after a week because it was impossible to maintain schedules safely and legally.
Chris joined the RAF Boy Entrants' Association in 1994 and was the first membership secretary, from 1996 to 2002.
www.cjallen.co.uk /50bea/tablecja.html   (2533 words)

In 1988 the aircraft moved to RAF Sealand and in 1990 was restored and repainted as WT720 (the real WT720 was retired in 1964 and scrapped).
RAF Sealand is off the A550 North of Queensferry (driving South), but has been moved further behind the guardroom so pictures may be more problematic than before.
However she was actually in the middle of being stripped to be repainted in RAF colours as XF383, and as you can see from the current picture, the repaint is very nearly finished (if you walk round the other side you'll see some markings have yet to be completed).
www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk /hunter/survivorspics10.html   (1042 words)

 405 (Darlington) Squadron ATC - The Ultimate Organisation for Young People
RAF Brampton Wyton is a merger of 2 RAF Stations to form 1 unit.
Kinloss is the RAF's maritime reconnaissance home and flies the Nimrod MR2 (The Mighty Hunter) around the world..
Sealand is home to the RAF's Electronic Maintenance Unit, which is responsible for repairing the RAF's Aircraft "Black Boxes".
www.405sqnatc.co.uk /store/categories.asp?idCategory=6   (211 words)

 icNewcastle - Chopper faces axe
RAF Boulmer, near Alnwick in Northumberland, is one of four stations being examined under the Ministry of Defence Strike Command review.
Alnwick councillor Gordon Castle, a former RAF officer, said: "This would be a catastrophe for the district as a whole.
Lifeboat volunteers who rely on RAF Boulmer's helicopters greeted news of the review with concern, saying lives could be put at risk.
icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk /0100news/thejournal/content_objectid=13345630_method=full_siteid=50081_headline=-Chopper-faces-axe-name_page.html   (729 words)

 BBC NEWS | Wales | Saved - 3,000 aviation jobs
Project Red Dragon, which secures the jobs at RAF St Athan, will be built on a 100-acre site at the base in the Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales.
It is expected to act as a springboard for plans for an aviation centre of excellence at RAF St Athan, in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The announcement on Thursday by Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram is seen as a vital boost to RAF St Athan, which faces strong competition for maintenance contracts from BAe Systems.
news2.thdo.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/wales/2784429.stm   (424 words)

 K B B Cross_P
Returning to Sealand he was informed of his permanent posting to Cambridge UAS and so he moved to their base at Duxford.
In 1937 the RAF offered the opportunity to those holding medium service commissions of being accepted for permanent commissions, 'Bing ' applied for one and was successful.
In this capacity, together with his American counterpart, he was tasked with the conversion of RAF and USAAF fighter squadrons from the air fighting role to that of ground attack.
www.rafweb.org /Biographies/Cross.htm   (1693 words)

 RAF Sealand: 5 May 2004: Written answers (TheyWorkForYou.com)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the impact on the local community of the loss of jobs at RAF Sealand in Flintshire; and what further plans he has for RAF Sealand.
RAF Sealand was covered by a study into the future location of the RAF's Air Combat Service Support Units and other minor units.
I would expect the impact on the local community of the closure of RAF Sealand to be negligible as Flintshire has an expanding economy and a low unemployment rate.
www.theyworkforyou.com /wrans?id=2004-05-05.169773.h   (224 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
During the October Field Day visit to Leeming ten more were treated to some amazing aerobatics by retired RAF pilots, while those who did not take to the air toured various sections on the base including RAF police dogs and the 100 Squadron target facility.
David Holland was selected from thousands of applicants for one of the last RAF Flying Scholarships and despite poor weather completed his 20hours of training, including solo flights.
Robert Buchanan, a member of the CCF Band, applied for an RAF Flying Scholarship and was awarded a place on a Pilot/Navigator course.
www.sedbergh.sch.uk /mag2001/rafmain.htm   (654 words)

 RAF   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
RAF's second Hawk down; EXCLUSIVE How jet curse struck TWICE in North Wales skies Pilot averts disaster 24 hours before...
Byline: Eryl Crump THE RAF was hit by a major safety alert in North...
The RAF say they did not release details of the...
enciklopedija.org /RAF   (347 words)

 UK Airfield List - England NW   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Many civil aircraft were impounded here at the start of the war and many (some say those not usable by the forces) were lost in a tragic hangar fire in December 1940.
Grass strip used as a satellite for RAF Sealand.
Most of the runways and peri-track still exist although part of the SW peri was dug up by the farmer recently.
www.homepages.mcb.net /bones/06airfields/UK/uke01.htm   (254 words)

 Jets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
My first posting was to RAF Sealand in Cheshire; this is a maintenance unit carrying out complex operations on various electronic systems.
RAF Kinloss on the Moray Firth, great diving locally and within easy reach of the West coast - easily the best diving in the world.
I worked hard though to integrate the civilized RAF working ethos into the ships routines and I am not one to hold a grudge but it was 1/280th of my life that was well and truly wasted.
www.btinternet.com /~grizly/Pages/Jets_Page.htm   (524 words)

 Northop Hall   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Stay on this road, pass RAF Sealand on the left, over the Queensferry flyover, up the hill, pass the Buckley turn off and onto the A55(T) Expressway.
Stay on this road, pass RAF Sealand on the left and over the Queensferry flyover.
Stay on this road, pass RAF Sealand on the left, over the bridge over the River Dee and take the next exit following signs for A550 to Wrexham.
www.ldcc.org.uk /Northop_Hall.htm   (861 words)

 Secretary of State for Defence   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
To complete the comprehensive rationalisation of functions within the Agency by: relocating the Ground Radio Servicing Centre from RAF North Luffenham to RAF Sealand by 31 December 1997; and withdrawal from the RAF North Luffenham site by 31 March 1998: achieved.
To implement the delegation of specified civilian personnel management functions to RAF St.Athan, RAF Sealand and RAF Stafford by 31 March 1998: achieved.
To continue the certification of Units within the Agency to the ISO 9000 standard by: achieving second or third party ISO 9002 re-certification of the RAF Armament Support Unit by 1 November 1997; and achieving third party ISO 9001 certification for RAF Stafford by 27 July 1997: achieved.
www.archive.official-documents.co.uk /document/cm42/4273/mod37.htm   (467 words)

 On Squadron activities
Ten cadets of the 'Field Squad' attend the Driffield Camp as part of the D of E and Adult Basic Expedition leaders Award training (BELA) Led by CI Alan Beattie the weekend was a success on the 29/30 dispute the high winds and showers.
This involves 3 minibuses from RAF and Army sources and a total of 25 personnel at nil cost to the Squadron.
July summer camp is held at RAF Sealand + Air Cadet 2000 (AC2K) RAF CRANWELL seven cadets to Sealand and five to AC2K.
www.harrogate.co.uk /58sqnatc/sqnactivities.htm   (1886 words)

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