Control and Reporting Centre
The mission of the Control and Reporting Centre is to police NATO Air Policing Area 1 and train for out-of-area operations.
The Control and Reporting Centre (CRC) at RAF Boulmer is tasked with compiling a Recognised Air Picture within NATO Air Policing Area 1, and providing tactical control of the Quick Reaction Alert Force. The CRC also supports the training of students undergoing training at the School of Aerospace Battle Management and controls military aircraft on routine training missions. Furthermore, the CRC provides trained personnel for out of area operations, currently ranging from The Falkland Islands to the Middle East. The unit also provides the UK’s tactical control facility for the combat training of air defence, ground attack and air-to-air refuelling aircraft and participates daily in Joint training with the Royal Navy, exchanging air picture information by both digital data link and voice nets with ships at sea.
During the summer of 2004, following the closure of CRC Neatishead in Norfolk, completion of the refurbishment of the underground bunker at RAF Boulmer marked the arrival of over 250 personnel to man the Unit. Following operational assessment of the new equipment, CRC Boulmer assumed 24/7 operations on 16 August 2004.
In summary, the CRC is manned 24/7 to support both NATO and national Quick Reaction Alert requirements. Managing the UK’s network-enabled capability for the Homeland Defence task, the CRC also supports the training of Air Surveillance and Control System personnel and our aircrew for deployment on operations worldwide.