united kingdom RAF Brawdy

Brawdy, Wales
united kingdom

4.0183 Newgale Beach, Wales
12.1117EGFE Haverfordwest, Wales
23.4151 Pembroke Dock, Wales
29.6161 Castlemartin, Wales
35.5139 Manorbier, Wales
42.1244 Smalls, Offshore UK

1944 to present

51 53 N - 5 7 W
8nm NW of Haverfordwest, Dyfed
Elevation: 366 feet

Built as a relief landing ground for nearby St David's, it was handed over to the Admiralty in early 1946. It was put under maintenance until 1951, when a modernisation programme began, to complete in 1955. It was commissioned as HMS Goldcrest in Sep 1952. Between 1961 and 1963, more works were undertaken and the runway was extended. The 1966 Defence White Paper reduced the UK carrier fleet and the airfield was handed over as RAF Brawdy. Regular military flying operations ceased in 1992. SAR operations ended when 202 Squadron B Flight departed in Jul 1994.
After the 1992 closure of mainstream flying, the base was handed over to the Army as Cawdor Barracks. In 1995, the Royal Navy presence was significantly reduced when a major submarine detection and reporting hub transferred out. It was announced by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond on 5 Mar 2013, that the base was due to close completely by 2019.

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1979/94202 squadronWessex HC.2 1982/83
sea king 1978/15
whirlwind 1964/81
1974/7922 squadronWessex HC.2 1974/97
whirlwind 1955/81
1956/60727 squadrondragonfly 1958/60


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1961-sep SAR FlightFleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.3WN500
1968-aug SAR FlightFleet Air ArmWhirlwind HAS.7XN263
1968-aug SAR FlightFleet Air ArmWhirlwind HAS.7XN306
1968-aug SAR FlightFleet Air ArmWhirlwind HAS.7XN311

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