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2.RAF St Mawgan

Last modified: 04 Jun 2020

Country: United Kingdom    Region: Cornwall

Locale: Newquay

Latitude: 50° 26' 22" N     Longitude: -6° 58' 31" E

Area use / Military Branches: Active


St Mawgan, historical.
After WW2 in 1951 reopened as Coastal Command base used for maritime recon, flying Avro Lancasters and Shackletons until 1956. It became HQ of 22 (helicopter) Sq.In 1965 used by Maritime Operational Training Unit and Canberras operated here as target tugs from 1970 until 1982. Home of a US Naval weapons facility from 1969-1992, storing over 200 nuclear depthcharges and torpedoes for NATO ASW maritime patrol aircraft at grid 5026'23"N 5 1'26.W. These weapons would be used against Soviet naval forces in the Atlantic in case of WW3. An identical situation was at RAF Machrihanish.

In 2008 the runway part of the airfield was handed over to Newquay Airport. The remaining premises remained under RAF command. RAF St Mawgan has the widest military runway currently in use in the UK and is base for the Cornwall's Air Ambulance service.

Current units:
- Defence Survival Training Organisation (DSTO) an interservice unit teaching survival, evasion, resistance and extraction methods for the joint forces in support of operations and training (SERE training).
- Plymouth & Cornwall Wing Air Training Corps (Air Cadets)
- 505 Sq RAuxaF deploying reservists to support the RAF at home and worldwide.

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