De Peel Air Base

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De Peel Air Base
Luchtmachtbasis De Peel
Advanced Landing Ground B-84
Luitenant-generaal Bestkazerne
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TRML-3D/32 Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar System
IATA: noneICAO: EHDP
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Royal Netherlands Army
Location Venray
Elevation AMSL 98 ft / 30 m
Coordinates 51°31′34″N 005°51′34″E / 51.52611°N 5.85944°E / 51.52611; 5.85944Coordinates: 51°31′34″N 005°51′34″E / 51.52611°N 5.85944°E / 51.52611; 5.85944
Map
EHDP is located in Netherlands
EHDP
EHDP
Location of De Peel Air Base
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 9,803 2,988 Concrete/Asphalt

De Peel Air Base (Dutch: Luchtmachtbasis De Peel) or Lieutenant General Best Barracks (Dutch: Luitenant-generaal Bestkazerne) is a Royal Netherlands Army guided missile base in the Netherlands. It currently has only one, though not actively used, runway.

History[edit]

Open Street Map of the base.

In June of 1944 the German Luftwaffe constructed the first airfield near the town of De Rips, consisting of a single 1400 meters long and 75 meters wide grass strip. The airfield did not see much use by the retreating German forces and was later briefly used in October of 1944 by the Royal Canadian Air Force 126 wing as an Advanced Landing Ground (designated B-84). It was not located on the site of the current air base, but about 8 kilometers to the north-west of it. There are no visible remains of it today.[1]

The air base was founded as a diversion airfield in 1954 with two parallel runways (06L/24R and 06R/24L) and never served as an active base for aircraft, seeing only incidental usage from the aerial photo reconnaissance unit from nearby Volkel Air Base, even though the base was expanded in 1973 for possible NATO use. In 1993 it was closed as an operational airfield and became the home base of the Royal Netherlands Air Force guided missile division (Groep Geleide Wapens, or GGW). One runway remained however, though it is no longer actively used by the military. The base is used for glider flying however. Military aerial exercises also take place in its airspace.

In March 2012 it was decided as part of a reorganisation to transfer control of the base from the Royal Netherlands Air Force to the Royal Netherlands Army, resulting in a name change to Lieutenant General Best Barracks (Dutch: Luitenant-generaal Bestkazerne). However, it is still commonly referred to as De Peel.[2][3]

Units[edit]

800 Squadron[edit]

  • Provides logistical and communications support.

802 Squadron[edit]

13 Air Defence Battery[edit]

Training Battery[edit]

  • Provides training for both national and international ground based air defence units.[4]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields - Noord Brabant, the Netherlands - De Rips, article retrieved April 10, 2013.
  2. ^ NOTAM as an example of continued usage of De Peel: EHDP VENRAY/DE PEEL - M0432/13 - TEMPORARY SPECIAL RULES ZONE 'DE PEEL A' ACTIVATED FOR MIL EXER 'FTX NIVEAU 2'. [ ... ] DAILY 0700-1400, 16 APR 07:00 2013 UNTIL 18 APR 14:00 2013. CREATED: 02 APR 07:20 2013
  3. ^ Aeronautical chart as an example of continued usage of De Peel: Skyvector.com - Aeronautical Chart of the Netherlands, map retrieved April 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Defensie.nl - Defensie Grondgebonden Luchtverdedigingscommando - Eenheden (Dutch), article retrieved April 10, 2013.