AAC Wattisham

Wattisham , Suffolk , England

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  AAC Wattisham

1939 to present

52° 7' 38'' N     0° 57' 23'' E
8.5nm NW of Ipswich, Suffolk, Wattisham, Suffolk, England
Elevation: 284 feet

Opened Mar 1939 with bomber and later, anti-shipping units. Handed over to USAAF in Sep 1942 as a fighter depot, when 3 concrete and tarmac runways were laid. Base reverted to the RAF as a jet fighter station after WWII, with a succession of Meteors, Hunters, Lightnings and Phantoms until 1992, when the base was put into maintenance. Re-activated as an Army base with new hangars added, to house units withdrawn from Germany.
A Search and Rescue service, operated by RAF 22 Squadron B Flight from a 2 pad stand to the north east of the base is due to cease from 1 Jul 2015. The service (part of the new DfT/MCA 10 year UK SRR contract) will be provided from elsewhere, with cover divided between Manston and Humberside.
Situated off the B1078. Has one main asphalt runway of 2284m. The two shorter ones are now disued. Apron and main buildings to the south side. Remains a Diversion airfield.

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  List of units at AAC Wattisham

Years Unit
2012/17NPASMD900 Explorer, EC135, EC145, EC135,
2009/13Suffolk PoliceEC135,
2007-    664 SquadronWAH-64 Apache,
2007-    656 SquadronWAH-64 Apache,
1995/14654 SquadronWAH-64 Apache, SA341B Gazelle AH.1,
1995/06669 Squadron
1995/07659 SquadronScout,
1995-    4 REGTWAH-64 Apache, Lynx,
1994/1522 SquadronSea King, Wessex,
1993-    662 SqWAH-64 Apache, SA341B Gazelle AH.1, Lynx,
1993-    653 SquadronWAH-64 Apache,
1993-    663 SquadronWAH-64 Apache, SA341B Gazelle AH.1,
1993-    3 REGTAH-64E Apache,

  AAC Wattisham News

British Army AH-64E Apache Declared Ready for Duty

British Army AH-64E Apache Declared Ready for Duty

24-Oct-23 - The British Army declared ready for duty its first Regiment equipped with the new Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopter. The 3 Regiment Army Air Corps (3 Regt AAC) completed 6-week training with AW159 Wildcats #Apache
British Army AH-64E Apache Enters Service

British Army AH-64E Apache Enters Service

21-Jan-22 - 3 Regiment Army Air Corps (AAC), 1st Aviation Brigade Combat Team at Wattisham is the first British unit to field the new AH-64E Apache Version 6. MoD signed long-term support contract with Boeing #Apache
First AH-64E Apache to British Army

First AH-64E Apache to British Army

27-Nov-20 - The first two AH-64E Version 6 Apaches were delivered to the British Army. Boeing is rebuilding 38 Westland-built AH-64D through 2024. Additional new-built aircraft are planned #Apaches

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