Shaibah Air Base

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Shaibah Airport
Shaibah Logistics Base
Shaibah Air Base
RAF Shaibah
RAF Shaibah map.jpg
Map of RAF Shaibah, 1947
IATA: noneICAO: none
Airport type Private
Owner Iraqi Government
Operator Unknown
Iraqi Army
Iraqi Air Force
Royal Air Force
Serves Shaibah
Location Shaibah, Basra Province
Built 1920 (1920)
In use 1920-present
Elevation AMSL 276 ft / 84 m
Coordinates 30°25′34″N 047°38′34″E / 30.42611°N 47.64278°E / 30.42611; 47.64278Coordinates: 30°25′34″N 047°38′34″E / 30.42611°N 47.64278°E / 30.42611; 47.64278
Shaibah Airport is located in Iraq
Shaibah Airport
Shaibah Airport
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Shaibah Air Base is a former Iraqi Air Force base in the Basrah Governorate of Iraq.


Royal Air Force use[edit]

It was established by the Royal Air Force in 1920 as RAF Shaibah, the resident squadron was No. 84 Squadron RAF until 1940 when No. 244 Squadron RAF took over. 244 Sqn was involved in the Rashid Ali rebellion on 1941. RAF Shaibah was a small and primitive base in the desert with a harsh hot and humid climate. It expanded during the Second World War. By July 1942 RAF Shaibah was under the control of the RAF's Air Headquarters Iraq (see AHQ Iraq and Persia). At this time several units were based at Shaibah. They included:[1]

Iraqi Air Force use[edit]

In 1956 it was handed over to the Iraqi Air Force, and it then became an Iraqi Air Force base.

The airbase was bombed by a flight of four Mk.82-equipped F-4 Phantom IIs as part of the Operation Revenge launched by Iranian Air Force two hours after the Iraqi invasion of Iran. According to Iranian sources, the MiG-25s and some MiG-23 were stationed in this airbase.[2]

It was abandoned after Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

War in Iraq of 2003[edit]

It was captured by Coalition forces during the Iraq War of 2003 and it became the site of a British Military Hospital and the Shaibah Logistics Base (SLB), but the original RAF buildings remain. While the SLB was in operation it was home to British, Dutch, Czech, Danish and Norwegian forces.

The following British units were posted here at some point under Operation Telic:

In 2007 the SLB was handed over to the Iraqi Army.

Current use[edit]

Today, refurbished and known as Shaibah Airport, used by light private planes.

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