Expeditionary Air Wing

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This article is about the RAF unit. For the similarly named USAF concept, see Air Expeditionary Wing.

On 1 April 2006 Expeditionary Air Wings (EAWs) were formed at nine of the RAF's Main Operating Bases. Each EAW has its own identity and is led by the Station Commander, supported by his Station management team. The deployable elements of the station structures form the core of each EAW, reinforced by assigned Capability-based Module Readiness System (CMRS) personnel and elements of the Air Combat Support Units (ACSUs). EAWs enable the RAF to train as cohesive units of Air Power which are prepared and capable of transitioning quickly from peacetime structures and deploying swiftly on operations.

UK Based Wings[edit]

Stood down[edit]

  • RAF Cottesmore – No. 122 EAW (Fighter / Ground Attack) (Stood down 2012).
  • RAF Leuchars – No. 125 EAW (Fighter) (Stood down 2013).
  • RAF Kinloss – No. 325 EAW (Maritime Patrol & Surveillance) (Stood down 2013).

Deployed EAWs[edit]

Visiting Aircraft Section (VASS) from 901 Expeditionary Air Wing marshalling a No. 32 Squadron RAF BAe 125 aircraft in the Middle East.

Disbanded Wings[edit]

  • No. 140 EAW[4]
    • RAF Akrotiri (August 2014 - 14 December 2014):
      • Tornado GR4
      • Lockheed C-130 Hercules
      • Airbus Voyager
    • Previous:

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "901 EAW C Flight". Royal Air Force (RAF). Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "902 Expeditionary Air Wing". RAF. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "903 Expeditionary Air Wing". RAF. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Falklands Garrison still going strong". MoD. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "New RAF unit strengthens relationship with United Arab Emirates". MoD. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Coalition operations in Libya to continue". Ministry of Defence (MoD). 21 March 2010. 
  8. ^ Judd, Terri (19 March 2011). "Operation Ellamy: Designed to strike from air and sea". The Independent (London). Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
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  10. ^ "Operational Update on Libya – 25 March". MoD. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Coalition Against Gadhafi Growing". Defense News. 20 March 2011. Archived from the original on 21 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "UK military to be stretched by long Libya campaign". Reuters. 19 March 2011. 
  13. ^ Jane's Defence Weekly, 16 March 2011
  14. ^ "904 Expeditionary Air Wing". RAF. Retrieved 1 October 2013.