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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

Direction Finding pioneer visits RAF (Unit) Swanwick to see how we use it today


20 July 2016

On the 20th July 2016 RAF (Unit) Swanwick hosted a very special visitor; Mrs Ena Day, a 94 year old Ex-member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) who served as a DF Fixer during World War Two. She visited Swanwick to see how such a simple technique was still an invaluable asset despite the wealth of highly advanced technology in use today.

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Swanwick controls busy RIAT Departures


12 July 2016

Air show season is an eagerly anticipated time of year and always presents the military air traffic controllers at RAF(U) Swanwick with a challenging yet extremely exciting variety of air traffic. The arrival of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II to UK shores for its international display debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford (8-10 July) offered even more excitement.

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Area Control

AC Ops 1

Military Area Control

Distress and Diversion

Pin Board

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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