Country: United Kingdom Region: Cyprus Sovereign Base Area
Latitude: 34° 34' 59" N Longitude: 32° 58' 59" E
Area use / Military Branches: Active
RAF Station Akotiri (LCRA) is a Sovereign Base Area (SBA) at the South-Eastern side Cyprus. Historical:
Constructed in the mid-1950's and used by many squadrons. After 1966 the only RAF base on the Island and until 1974 with a composite aircraft unit assigned with RAF Strike Command aircraft. According to declassified documents (Tom Rhodes 31 December 2000. "Britain kept secret nuclear arsenal on Cyprus". The Sunday Times. London) 48x 'Red Beard' nuc bombs were deployed at Akotiri stored at grid 34°35'15"N 32°57'22"E. Later being replaced by 20x WE177's (1962-1972). As Turkish forces invaded Cyprus in connection with a Greek-sponsored coup RAF evacuated these with some of the UK forces.
Cyprus Operations Support Unit (COSU) supporting air, land and sea training and operations for UK and allied forces by providing a secure airbase usable by all but the very largest aircraft and with its own mode for replenishing ships. With sufficient aviation fuel stores, explosive storage and dispersed aircraft parking for emergency air ops. It provides accommodation, transport and life support to exercising or operational troops. The RAF Aerobatics Team Red Arrows uses the airfield for working up before starting the display season. Akotiri is also used for Armament Practice Exercises.
- 903 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) - under command of 83 EA Group - supporting aircraft like Typhoon FGR4, Tornado GR4, Voyager, C130 Hercules, E3D Sentry, and Sentinel, in addition to the 1 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing (1ISR) detachment.
- No 84 helicopter Sqn operating Griffins in SAR as well as utility role for peacekeeping forces on the island.
- RAF Regiment Det for infantry and counter terrorist duties.
- Defence High Frequency Communications Service (TASCOMM) callsign CYPRUS
Future: no changes
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