cyprus RAF Akrotiri

Akrotiri, Limassol


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0.6215 RAF Akrotiri guardhouse, Limassol
11.5065 Akrotiri Bay, Limassol
16.6307 Salamanca Barracks, Limassol
20.0295 Bloodhound Camp, Limassol
21.9009 Apsiou, Limassol
33.0359 Pelendri, Limassol

1956 to present

34° 35' 22'' N - 32° 58' 52'' E
Western Sovereign Base Area
Elevation: 76 feet

History of this Location

RAF Akrotiri
RAF Akrotiri is the RAF's largest airfield - some 18 square miles - and is home to a mix of Army, RAF, RN and civilian personnel, which was first opened in 1956. The RAF use the airfield as a staging post for transport aircraft, and as a temporary operating base for aircraft carrying out Armament Practice Camps. The RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, also use the airfield every year for their display work up. Permanently based at Akrotiri is 84 Squadron with Griffin HAR.2, who perform Search and Rescue duties as well as a support role for the UN peacekeeping forces on the island.

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List of units at RAF Akrotiri

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
2003UK 203(R) SquadronSea King 1996/14
1972/    UK 84 Squadron412 2003/   
Wessex 1984/03
Wessex 1982/84
Whirlwind 1972/82
1964/72UK 1563 FltWhirlwind 1963/72

List of aircraft and events at RAF Akrotiri

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By Date | By Serial

1961 UK Army Air CorpsSE3130 Alouette IIXJ384
1973 DumpedUK Royal Air ForceWhirlwind HAR.2XL110
1975-jan-27 AccidentUK Royal Air ForceWhirlwind HAR.10XR454
1983 Rescue trainingUK Royal Air ForceWhirlwind HAR.2XK970
1985-mar UK Royal Air ForceWessex HU.5XT463
1990-apr-02 UK Fleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XS498
1992 UK Royal Air ForceWessex HU.5XS485
1993 UK Royal Air ForceWessex HU.5XS517
1993 UK Royal Air ForceWessex HU.5XT479
1993-mar UK Royal Air ForceWessex HU.5XT463
1993-mar UK Royal Air ForceWhirlwind HAR.4XD184
2003-apr UK Royal Air Force412EPZJ704
2006-mar-11 Whirlwind HAR.4XD184
2006-sep UK Royal NavyType 42 (Batch 3)D98 HMS York
2015-feb-17 US US Department of StateS-61N Mk.IIN751AW
2015-sep-16 UK Royal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZA671

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