Welcome to 83 Expeditionary Air Group
83 Expeditionary Air Group (83 EAG) is the Royal Air Force’s operational headquarters for the Middle East and Afghanistan, responsible for most UK air operations in the Operations KIPION and HERRICK joint operating area of some eight million square miles. Using a range of state-of-the-art aircraft and equipment, the personnel of 83 EAG’s five expeditionary air wings deliver effective support to land and maritime forces using the full spectrum of air power roles: Attack, Air Mobility, Control of the Air and Intelligence.
83 EAG is also firmly embedded as part of the Coalition’s command and control structure, providing RAF aerospace battle managers and other operational specialists who maintain the UK’s influence on strategic multinational operations. 83 EAG also supports vital UK national and defence objectives across the Middle East.
Message from Air Officer Commanding 83 EAG
83 EAG is at the forefront of modern air power. As its Air Officer Commanding I’m committed to supporting UK, ISAF and Coalition operations across the joint operating area, supporting transition in Afghanistan and the redeployment of British forces. I’m proud of the people who serve in my Headquarters and in the five Expeditionary Air Wings that contribute directly to the maintenance of peace and security in this region.
Air Cdre M Sampson DSO MA RAF
Air Officer Commanding and UK Air Component Commander
83 EAG is the Royal Air Force’s operational headquarters for the Middle East, responsible for most UK air operations in the Operations KIPION and SHADER Joint Operating Area.
901 EAW provides essential Real Life Support, cargo, postal and technical services to 83 EAG and other assigned units, including Joint Force Communication and Information Systems.
902 EAW provides support to a Royal Navy detachment of Merlin and Wildcat helicopters in support of Operation KIPION.
903 EAW supports a number of Combat, Tanker and Transport, and Intelligence and Surveillance aircraft in direct support of Operation SHADER.
905 EAW is based at the Permanent Joint Operating Base of Mount Pleasant Complex in the Falkland Islands.
906 EAW provides the UK’s air mobility hub in the Middle East and is a critical link in the UK’s strategic air-bridge to and from the region.