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Sqn Crest Wg Cdr Robinson

Wing Commander D M Robinson is the CommandingOfficer of Royal Air Force Unit (RAF(U)) Swanwick, an Air Command Unit embeddedwithin the London Area Control Centre, located on the bank of the River Hamblein south Hampshire.

The London AreaControl Centre is a civilian establishment run by National Air Traffic Servicse(NATS), where military Air Traffic Control staff work alongside civiliancolleagues in a joint civil/military radar operations room. The controllers areresponsible for the safe and expeditious passage of aircraft flying overEngland, Scotland and Wales and their associated coastal waters.

Wg Cdr Robinson's Mission Statement and Commanders Intent can be found here.


Latest News

The Harrier Returns

Harrier returning

09 August 2016

The long-standing tradition of decommissioned military aircraft used as Gate Guardians is a proud one. The RAF and NATS air traffic controllers based at NATS Swanwick control centre are welcomed by the sight of the Harrier XW917 aircraft each day, serving as a reminder of the joint and integrated concept underpinning UK air traffic operations.

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North Atlantic MAYDAY


08 August 2016

D&D vector a Typhoon to shepherd a stricken Cessna plane from 90 miles off shore back to Stornoway

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Area Control

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Military Area Control

Distress and Diversion

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The Distress and Diversion Cell (D&D) is the Emergency centre of RAF(U) Swanwick based at the London Area Control Centre (LACC) near Southampton...



Military Airspace Booking & Coordination Cell...

Northolt Radar

Northolt radar

Northolt Radar is a sector within the Terminal Control (TC) Ops Room of RAF(U) Swanwick and is responsible for the provision of Air Traffic Services to both military and civilian aircraft...

Radar Analysis Cell (RAC)


The RAC work on behalf of the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) and moved to Swanwick Centre from West Drayton in March 2008...

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