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Chivenor, Devon, England

United Kingdom


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1940 to present

51° 5' 14'' N - 4° 9' 1'' W
3.5nm W of Barnstaple, Devon
Elevation: 27 feet

History of this Location

Opened Oct 1940 as an RAF Coastal Command station and played a key role in WWII anti-submarine operations. It became home to a fast jet training until the mid 1970s. Extensive work was carried out in the late 1970s to transform the base for fast jet weapons training, which arrived in Jun 1980 and stayed until 1994. Although the base is now a Royal Marine barracks, given its location on the north Devon coast, it was still the long term home to a Search and Rescue unit (until Oct 2015) and a gliding unit.

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List of units at RMB Chivenor

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1958/1522 SquadronSea King 1994/15
Wessex 1974/97
Whirlwind 1955/81
1957/58275 SquadronType 171 Sycamore 1954/59

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