Muharraq Airfield

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Muharraq Airfield
RAF Muharraq
RAF Bahrain
IATA: noneICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator United States Navy
Location Muharraq
Built 1943 (1943)
In use 1943-present
Elevation AMSL 6 ft 7 in ft / 2 m
Coordinates 26°16′15″N 050°38′01″E / 26.27083°N 50.63361°E / 26.27083; 50.63361Coordinates: 26°16′15″N 050°38′01″E / 26.27083°N 50.63361°E / 26.27083; 50.63361
Map
Muharraq Airfield is located in Bahrain
Muharraq Airfield
Muharraq Airfield
Location in Bahrain
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12R/30L 0 0 Asphalt
12L/30R 0 0 Asphalt

Muharraq Airfield is a military base located adjacent to Bahrain International Airport.[1] It is run by the United States Navy (USN) and usually ships supplies in and out of the airport with many of them from other countries as well. The USN, the United States Marine Corps (USMC), the Ministry of Interior, and others run the security at the airfield.

Muharraq Airfield was the last stop for most US troops headed to join the NATO forces in Afghanistan.

History[edit]

The Royal Air Force established a base there in the area as RAF Bahrain in April 1943. It was renamed RAF Muharraq in 1963. They would not leave until December 1971.[2][3]

The base was used by a detachment of Vickers VC10 tankers from No. 101 Squadron RAF during the Gulf War training with Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado GR1's.[4]

From May 1997 a detachment of VC10's returned supporting Operation Jural and later Operation Bolton over Iraq.[5]

Current use[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/muharraq.htm Muharraq (Global Security)
  2. ^ Air of Authority - RAF Muharraq
  3. ^ http://www.radfanhunters.co.uk/Bahrain.htm
  4. ^ "19 Years Over Iraq". The Official RAF Annual Review 2010 (Stamford: Key Publishing): p. 9. December 2010. 
  5. ^ "19 Years Over Iraq". The Official RAF Annual Review 2010 (Stamford: Key Publishing): p. 11. December 2010.