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 elements of the Air Combat Service Support Units (ACSSUs). Flying and Force Protection force elements are attached to meet the requirements of each operation. 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 in tailored packages.

UK Based Wings[edit]

Current wings[edit]

No. 34 EAW[edit]

No. 38 EAW[edit]

No. 121 EAW[edit]

No. 135 EAW[edit]

No. 138 EAW[edit]

No. 140 EAW[edit]

Former wings[edit]

Deployed Wings[edit]

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

No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group[edit]

No. 901 EAW[edit]

No. 902 EAW[edit]

No. 903 EAW[edit]

No. 906 EAW[edit]

British Forces South Atlantic Islands[edit]

No. 905 EAW[edit]

Disbanded Wings[edit]

No. 904 EAW[edit]

No. 907 EAW[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cotter 2008, p. 34.
  2. ^ a b c d Cotter 2008, p. 33.
  3. ^ "RAF Akrotiri History". www.raf.mod.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29. In Aug 13, 121 Expeditionary Air Wg was deployed to RAF Akrotiri in support of Op LUMINOUS. 
  4. ^ "RAF Units Return from Cyprus". www.raf.mod.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  5. ^ a b AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. June 2016. p. 13. 
  6. ^ "RAF Typhoons return from Baltic Air Policing mission - News stories - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  7. ^ "Core Business for 135 Expeditionary Air Wing". www.raf.mod.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  8. ^ "Tornado GR4 | SP196 | Squadron Prints". www.squadronprints.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29. ...supporting Operation TURUS in West Africa, the 138 EAW deployment conducting tactical reconnaissance over Nigeria. 
  9. ^ "RAF - 903 EAW". www.raf.mod.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  10. ^ "CAS Visits 140 Expeditionary Air Wing Personnel in Estonia". www.raf.mod.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  11. ^ a b c "901 EAW". RAF. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d Cotter 2008, p. 38.
  13. ^ "901 EAW C Flight". Royal Air Force (RAF). Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "902 Expeditionary Air Wing". RAF. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c "903 Expeditionary Air Wing". RAF. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
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  17. ^ a b c "Coalition operations in Libya to continue". Ministry of Defence (MoD). 21 March 2010. 
  18. ^ 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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  21. ^ a b "Falklands Garrison still going strong". MoD. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  22. ^ "RAF Retires TriStar Tankers As Voyager Fleet Grows". Aviation International News. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
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