Expeditionary Air Wing

Summary

On 1 April 2006 Expeditionary Air Wings (EAWs) were formed at nine of the RAF's Main Operating Bases. Each EAW has its own identity and is led by the Station Commander, supported by his Station management team. The deployable elements of the station structures form the core of each EAW, reinforced by elements of the Air Combat Service Support Units (ACSSUs). Flying and Force Protection force elements are attached to meet the requirements of each operation. EAWs enable the RAF to train as cohesive air power units which are prepared and capable of transitioning quickly from peacetime structures and deploying swiftly on operations in tailored packages.

UK based wings

Current wings

No. 34 EAW

No. 38 EAW

No. 121 EAW

No. 135 EAW

No. 138 EAW

No. 140 EAW

Former wings

  • No. 122 EAW - RAF Cottesmore[2] (Fighter / Ground Attack) - stood down in 2012[citation needed]
  • No. 125 EAW - RAF Leuchars[2] (Fighter) - stood down in 2013[citation needed]
  • No. 325 EAW - RAF Kinloss[1] (Maritime Patrol & Surveillance) - stood down in 2013[citation needed]

Deployed Wings

Visiting Aircraft Section (VASS) from 901 Expeditionary Air Wing marshalling a No. 32 Squadron RAF BAe 125 aircraft in the Middle East.

No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group

No. 901 Expeditionary Air Wing

As of 2017, the wing was located at RAF Al Udeid,[18] providing support to Headquarters 83 EAG and Headquarters Joint Force Communication and Information Systems (Middle East).[19]

Previously as a Middle Eastern EAW it comprised "A" Flight, at a not-publicly known location, flying Lockheed Hercules C4;[20] "B" Flight (unknown location, reformed in 2013 as unknown)[19] flying the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III; and "C" Flight (disbanded March 2015)[19] at Bahrain International Airport[21] flying a mix of BAe125s and BAe146s from No. 32 (The Royal) Squadron.

During the Second World War, No. 901 Wing formed part of No. 224 Group RAF, Third Tactical Air Force. It was formed on 1 October 1944 at Chiringa in British India. At the time of its formation, 901 Wing consisted of two Squadrons: 177 and 211 Squadron, both of which flew Bristol Beaufighter twin-engined fighter-bombers. The Wing was renamed No 901 (Tactical) Wing with effect from 1 December 1944. The Wing continued to operate up to four squadrons equipped with Beaufighters and de Havilland Mosquitoes during 1944-45.[22]

No. 902 EAW

No. 903 EAW

No. 906 EAW

British Forces South Atlantic Islands

No. 905 EAW

Disbanded Wings

No. 904 EAW

No. 907 EAW

See also

References

Citations

  1. ^ a b Cotter 2008, p. 34.
  2. ^ a b c d Cotter 2008, p. 33.
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  7. ^ "Core Business for 135 Expeditionary Air Wing". www.raf.mod.uk. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
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  18. ^ "Inside Mission Control: Directing The Air Campaign Against Islamic Statestate". Forces TV. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  19. ^ a b c "901 EAW". RAF. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  20. ^ a b c d Cotter 2008, p. 38.
  21. ^ "901 EAW C Flight". Royal Air Force (RAF). Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  22. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150514234353/http://www.raf.mod.uk/83eag/901eaw/index.cfm
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Bibliography

  • Cotter, Jarrod (2008). Royal Air Force celebrating 90 years. Stamford, UK: Key Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-0-946219-11-7.
  • Richardson, Donna (28 June 2006). "EAWs improve UK RAF deployment capability". Jane's Defence Weekly. p. 31.
  • https://www.heraldry-wiki.com/heraldrywiki/wiki/No_906_Expeditionary_Air_Wing,_Royal_Air_Force - 906 EAW badge