united kingdom RAF Brawdy

Brawdy, Pembrokeshire, Wales

United Kingdom

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4.0183 Newgale Beach, Wales
6.6272 St Davids, Wales
12.1117EGFE Haverfordwest, Wales
13.0126 Withybush Hospital, Wales
20.5260 South Bishop, Wales
23.4151GBPED Pembroke Dock, Wales

1944 to present

51° 53' 0'' N - 5° 7' 0'' W
8nm NW of Haverfordwest, Dyfed
Elevation: 366 feet

History of this Location

Built as a relief landing ground for nearby St Davids, 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. Between May and Jun 1963, the based SAR Flt transitioned from the Dragonfly HR.5 to the Whirlwind HAS.7.

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. Cawdor Barracks closure was re-announced by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon in the House of Commons on 7 Nov 2016, this time by 2024 so the Army 14 Signal Regiment will need a new home.

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List of units at Brawdy

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1979/94202 SquadronWessex 1982/83
Sea King 1978/15
Whirlwind 1964/81
1974/7922 SquadronWessex 1974/97
Whirlwind 1955/81
1956/60727 NASdragonfly 1958/60

List of aircraft and events at Brawdy

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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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