RAF Blenheim Crescent

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RAF Blenheim Crescent
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svgUnited States Air Forces in Europe.png
Part of United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE)
Ruislip, Middlesex in England
Entrance to RAF Blenheim Crescent
RAF Blenheim Crescent is located in Greater London
RAF Blenheim Crescent
RAF Blenheim Crescent
Shown within Greater London
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Type Royal Air Force station
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator United States Air Force
Site history
Built 19?? (19??)
In use Unknown-Present

Royal Air Force Blenheim Crescent or more simply RAF Blenheim Crescent is a non-flying Royal Air Force station located in Ruislip in Greater London, presently used by the United States military for administrative purposes.


The primary units assigned to the base are branch offices of the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development; the Office of Naval Research Global, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Joint NATO National Support Element, and the Defense Energy Support Center and the Fleet Industrial Supply Center.

It administratively falls under the direction of the 422d Air Base Group based out of RAF Croughton, but consists of a collection of multiple Field Operating Agencies and Direct Reporting Units.

It was on long term lease to the United States Navy until 30 September 2007.[1] Control was passed to the United States Air Force on 1 October 2007. The facility was transferred to the United States Air Force for administrative purposes following the disestablishment of the Commander U.S. Naval Activities, United Kingdom.

Current status

The base has recently undergone renovation and it is planned for personnel from the US Navy, US Army and US Air Force to be stationed there, alongside civilian staff and contractors.[2] The base also houses a small number of Canadian Forces personnel.[3]

RAF Blenheim Crescent has no RAF personnel present, and is commanded by an officer of the US Air Force at the rank of colonel.[4]


  1. Hansard, http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmhansrd/cm071016/text/71016w0003.htm
  2. "RAF Blenheim Crescent". Hansard. 16 October 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Canadian Forces Europe - Welcome to United Kingdom". 20 June 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Written answers for 16 December 2009". Hansard. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>