Muharraq Airfield

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Muharraq Airfield
RAF Muharraq
RAF Bahrain
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
Muharraq Airfield is located in Bahrain
Muharraq Airfield
Muharraq Airfield
Location in Bahrain
Direction Length Surface
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12R/30L 0 0 Asphalt
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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. Often referred to as the nearby city of Manama, Muharraq Airfield was the last stop for most US troops headed to join the NATO forces in Afghanistan.

It was previously established by the Royal Air Force as RAF Bahrain (later changed to RAF Muharraq) in April 1943 and remained in use until 1971 when Bahrain declared independence.[2]


The Royal Air Force's history with Bahrain can be traced back to 1924, with flights originating from Shaibah Air Base in Iraq. The perceived strategic importance of Bahrain by the British led to the signing of a civil air agreement with the King of Bahrain in 1934.[2]

The Royal Air Force established a base there in the area as RAF Bahrain on 22 May 1943, as part of RAF Iraq Command. It formed part of 83 Expeditionary Air Group in the Middle East.[2] It was later renamed RAF Muharraq in 1963. The base was formally shut down on 15 December 1971.[3][4]

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.[5]

From May 1997 a detachment of VC10's returned supporting Operation Jural and later Operation Bolton over Iraq.[6]

Current use[edit]


  1. ^ Muharraq (Global Security)
  2. ^ a b c Peakman, Tim (30 May 2013). "RAF celebrate 70 years in bahrain". Royal Air Force. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Air of Authority - RAF Muharraq
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  5. ^ "19 Years Over Iraq". The Official RAF Annual Review 2010. Stamford: Key Publishing: 9. December 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help);
  6. ^ "19 Years Over Iraq". The Official RAF Annual Review 2010. Stamford: Key Publishing: 11. December 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help);