Shaibah Air Base
Shaibah Air Base
Map of RAF Shaibah, 1947
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Iraqi Air Force
Royal Air Force
|Location||Shaibah, Basra Province|
|Elevation AMSL||276 ft / 84 m|
Royal Air Force use
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:
Iraqi Air Force use
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.
It was abandoned after Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
War in Iraq of 2003
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:
- 53 Field Squadron (Air Support), 39 Engineer Regiment constructing a 1,500 man ECI camp.
- 160 Transport Regiment (V) RLC on attachment to 2 (Close Support) Battalion REME, from 28 February 2003 until 19 August 2003.
- East of England Regiment (Volunteers) (EER(V)) during Operation Telic 1, 2 and 6 maintaining the security of the base.
- 105th Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) attached to 19th Regiment Royal Artillery during Op Telic 5 as 13 Headquarters (HQ) Battery.
- 200 Battery, Royal Artillery between May 2004 and February 2005.
- 210 Battery, Royal Artillery (V) providing force protection during Telic 4.
- 220 Battery, 104th Regiment, Royal Artillery between April 2004 and December 2004 during Telic 4.
- 269 Battery, Royal Artillery during Telic 4 providing force protection until December 2004 when the RDG took over.
- 8 TPT Regiment (8LSR) between May 2004 and November 2004 consisting of 3 Tank Transporter Squadron, 5 GT Squadron & 13 GT Squadron.
- A detachment 9 Supply Regiment from March 2003 until unknown.
- 84 Medical Supply Squadron, RAMC between August 2003 and unknown.
- 22 Field Hospital.
- 207 (Manchester) Field Hospital (Volunteers) providing the lead unit for the field hospital between April 2004 and August 2004.
- A Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment.
In 2007 the SLB was handed over to the Iraqi Army.
Today, refurbished and known as Shaibah Airport, used by light private planes.
- Operation Telic order of battle
- List of United Kingdom Military installations used during Operation Telic
- https://web.archive.org/web/20100430201508/http://rafweb.org/Members%20Pages/ORBs/1942/1942_07_Middle_East.htm. Archived from the original on April 30, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2013. Missing or empty
- "Operation Telic: British Forces Deployed". Britain's Small Wars. Retrieved 17 November 2013.