Who is Based Here
No 42 (Expeditionary Support) Wing
No 42 (ES) Wg comprises a small Headquarters element, No 71 (Inspection and Repair) Sqn, No 5001 Sqn and No 5131 (Bomb Disposal) Squadron resident at RAF Wittering and No 93 (Expeditionary Armaments) Sqn based at RAF Marham.
No 5131 (BD) Sqn is the spearhead element of RAF Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) capability and specialises in the rapid clearance of aircraft operating surfaces from air dropped and other ordnance. The Squadron maintains a training flight at St George’s Barracks, North Luffenham, where RAF EOD operators receive operational performance standard training and undertake further specialist courses. Additionally, the Squadron has a Home Office commitment to hold teams on short-notice standby 24 hours a day to respond to explosives related emergencies or terrorist threats to the general public.
The 93 (Expeditionary Armaments) Sqn controls the RAF's high-readiness stockpile of air dropped weapons, ensuring that the Service always has sufficient weapons to meet any immediate operational requirement. The Squadron also creates and manages explosive storage areas in deployed theatres of operation; currently, Squadron personnel are working in Afghanistan, and deploy from the UK to the operational theatres on a regular rotation. Additionally, the Squadron supports the extensive RAF exercise calendar, providing weapons and support personnel to deployments worldwide.
No 5001 Sqn provide a range of expeditionary airfiled facilities, including Portable Aircraft Arrestor Gear, Temporary Working Environments, liquid oxygen and nitrogen production and envionmental conditioning units. The Squadron routinely deploys around the world to provide or maintain these facilities to support deployed air operations.
No 71 (Inspection and Repair) Sqn provide small teams of highly-trained aircraft technicians to carry out work on deployed aircraft across the globe. By being able to do this work in the deployed location, it is not neccesary to recover the aircraft back to its Main Operating Base.
No 85 (Expeditionary Logistics (EL)) Wing
No 85 (EL) Wg, with an establishment of approximately 850 personnel, comprises 4 Air Combat Service Support Units: No 1 (Expeditionary Logistics) Sqn, No 2 (Mechanical Transport) (MT) Sqn, No 3 (Mobile Catering) Sqn and a small Headquarters Sqn. The HQ Sqn provide the nucleus of a deployed logistics command and control element and supervise training and standards across the Wing. No 1 (EL) Sqn provides the nucleus of a Deployable Supply Group. Its Fuels Support Team provides aviation fuel support and refueling of all RAF fixed wing aircraft on Deployed Operating Bases (DOB) worldwide, as well as Port Clearance Teams. No 2 MT Squadron is responsible for providing the RAF's surface transport capability to enable and sustain DOBs and support deployed air logistics worldwide. 3 (MC) Sqn provide a range of catering, accommodation and real-life support to DOBs.
Force Generation Wing
The Force Generation Wing (FGW) Mission is, ‘To plan for and undertake the preparation, generation and sustainment of Logistics Air Combat Service Support to enable the Air and Wider Defence Mission.’
To enable FGW to complete its Mission, it is organised into 3 sections:
In addition to its Mission (detailed above), FGW also provides HQ Air Command’s scaleable Deployable Logistics Headquarters.