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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 units of Air Power 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

  • RAF Lossiemouth
  • Deployed to RAF Akrotiri from August to December 2014 for Operation Shader, succeeded by 903 EAW, comprised[16]
    • Elements of the RAF Tornado Force (Tornado GR4 strike aircraft)
    • Elements of the RAF Air Mobility Force:
      • Hercules C5 transport aircraft
      • Voyager KC3 tanker aircraft
  • Deployed to Ämari Air Base[5] from April to September 2016 for Operation Azotize[17] with Typhoon FGR4

Former wings

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 EAW

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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cotter 2008, p. 34.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Cotter 2008, p. 33.
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  4. "RAF Units Return from Cyprus". http://www.raf.mod.uk/news/archive/raf-units-return-from-cyprus-14112013. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing. June 2016. pp. 13. 
  6. "RAF Typhoons return from Baltic Air Policing mission". https://www.gov.uk/government/news/raf-typhoons-return-from-baltic-air-policing-mission. 
  7. "Core Business for 135 Expeditionary Air Wing". http://www.raf.mod.uk/news/archive/core-business-for-135-expeditionary-air-wing-03062014. 
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  15. "Tornado GR4 | SP196 | Squadron Prints". https://www.squadronprints.com/item/SP196_TornadoGR4_0_0_2425_1.html?currency=USD&action=changecurrency. 
  16. "RAF - 903 EAW". http://www.raf.mod.uk/83eag/903eaw/. 
  17. "CAS Visits 140 Expeditionary Air Wing Personnel in Estonia". http://www.raf.mod.uk/news/archive/cas-visits-140-expeditionary-air-wing-personnel-in-estonia-09082016. 
  18. "Inside Mission Control: Directing The Air Campaign Against Islamic Statestate". Forces TV. http://www.forces.net/news/raf/inside-mission-control-directing-air-campaign-against-islamic-state. Retrieved 20 September 2017. 
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 "901 EAW". RAF. http://www.raf.mod.uk/83eag/901eaw/. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Cotter 2008, p. 38.
  21. "901 EAW C Flight". Royal Air Force (RAF). http://www.raf.mod.uk/news/archive/901-eaw-c-flight-in-bahrain-13062013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  22. "902 Expeditionary Air Wing". RAF. http://www.raf.mod.uk/83eag/902eaw/index.cfm. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 "903 Expeditionary Air Wing". RAF. http://www.raf.mod.uk/83eag/903eaw/. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  24. "New RAF unit strengthens relationship with United Arab Emirates". MoD. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/906-expeditionary-air-wing-stands-up-in-the-united-arab-emirates. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
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  30. "RAF Retires TriStar Tankers As Voyager Fleet Grows". http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2014-03-26/raf-retires-tristar-tankers-voyager-fleet-grows. 
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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". p. 31. 

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