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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

Honours and Awards October 2016

Recipients with AOC

28 October 2016

On the 25th October 2016, Commanding Officer Wing Commander Donna Robinson welcomed Air Vice-Marshall Gerry Mayhew CBE MA RAF, Air Officer Commanding Number One Group (AOC 1Gp), to Royal Air Force(Unit) Swanwick to present RAF personnel with Honours and Awards as part of the Annual Formal Inspection of the Unit.

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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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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...


You can access the D&D pilots guide and Air Test forms here

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