No. 903 Expeditionary Air Wing (United Kingdom)

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903 Expeditionary Air Wing
Active 1 December 1944 - 31 October 1945
2003 - Present
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Type Expeditionary Air Wing
Garrison/HQ RAF Akrotiri
Website Official website

No. 903 Expeditionary Air Wing is an Expeditionary Air Wing of the Royal Air Force. It is currently based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus and is tasked with conducting operations against ISIL in Iraq & Syria

It was activated during 2003 as part of a modernisation package to make the RAF more deployable on an expeditionary basis. It was stationed at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan controlling RAF operations at the air base there between Summer 2009 and November 2014. It used to report to No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group.

History

Second World War

The wing was formed during the Second World War.[1]

Operation Telic

The wing was re-commissioned into service during 2003 and sent to Contingency Operating Base Basra as part of Operation Telic.[1]

The wing stayed at Basra until May 2009.[1]

Operation Herrick

During mid-2009 the wing was moved to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan as part of Operation Herrick.[1]

Fleet Air Arm

Army Air Corps

Royal Air Force

Camp Bastion was handed over to the ANSF as the United Kingdom withdraws from Afghanistan.[17]

Commanders

  • Group Captain Andrew (during 2008).
  • Wing Commander Ian Richardson (during 2009).[18]

See also

References

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