Country: Greece Region: .
Locale: Kato Achaļa
Latitude: 38° 9' 44" N Longitude: 21° 24' 53" E
Area use / Military Branches: Active
Currently Araxos is an airbase with limited civil capacity and home of
- Tac Air Force 116 Combat wing with 2 squadrons operating F-16 C/D:
Historical: a fomer nuclear tasked strikebase in the 1970s - 1990s hosting 335 and 336 Fighter Sqns then operating F-104G and A-7H (both strike role)
335 Sq deployed to 116 CW at Araxos and operated with F-104s in strike role 1965-1992. In 1993 reassigned 335 Bomber Sq operating the 2nd generation aircraft A-7H and TA-7HC Corsair
336 Sq deployed to 116 CW at Araxos operating F-104s in strike role 1966-1993. In 1993 reassigned 336 Bomber Sq operating A-7E and TA-7Cs as OCU.
USAF mission was first established at Araxos in 1961 after the "sheepskin" agreement between the US and Greece which implied existence of initial nuclear sites at Elevsis for US Army weapons kept in custody for Greek Army and at Souda,Tanagra and Araxos for Air Force weapons.
In 1968, the 7061st MUNSS activated as a custodial unit at Araxos. Renamed 761st MUNSS in 1993, renamed again 716st MUNSS in 1994 and finally again 731st MUNSS in 1994.
From 1968-1995 nuc storage was at grid 38° 9'43"N 21°24'55"E for delivery by Greek aircraft. Later on Araxos had 6 of its 26 small Protective Aircraft Shelters equipped with WS3 vaults for nuc weapon storage with a max. capacity of 24. The vaults were completed in 1997 but after 2000 all special weapons have been withdrawn from Greece for security reasons.
NOTE: Just north of the base at grid 38°10'30"N 21°26'6"E
- Air Force Support Cmd / AF Ground Transportation Vehicles & Aircraft Ground Equipment Depot
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