83 Expeditionary Air Group

The RAF's expeditionary air capability in the Middle East.

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About this Group

The RAF’s operational headquarters in the Middle East. 83 Expeditionary Air Group (EAG) is commanded by an RAF Air Commodore who acts as the Air Component Commander and Air Officer Commanding 83 EAG. He is responsible to the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters for the control and direction of 4 Expeditionary Air Wings (EAWs) supporting Operations Kipion and Shader as well as the delivery of UK national and Defence objectives across the Middle East. 83 EAG’s area of responsibility extends from the Southern end of the Arabian Gulf to the Eastern Mediterranean, and encompasses numerous relationships and alliances across the region.

The combined efforts of HQ 83 EAG, its EAWs and Force Elements are pivotal in combatting Daesh. They have performed to the highest of standards across a huge variaty of Defence missions from Defence Engagement to Air Combat. Nevertheless, 83 EAG are ready to secure Daesh’s lasting defeat and help legitimate local authorities build a stable, prosperous and united future for communities in both Iraq and Syria. Adaptable, capable and operationally focused, 83 EAG stands ready to deliver world class air power wherever and whenever it is required to meet the challenges of the future.

Air Officer Commanding

Air Commodore Roddy Dennis OBE MA RAF

Air Cdre Roddy Dennis joined the RAF in May 1991 as a fast jet pilot and completed multiple frontline tours in Germany and the UK on the Tornado GR4 as a Qualified Weapons Instructor. He also completed an exchange tour on the F/A-18 with the United States Marine Corps.  In 2007 he served in the Directorate of Equipment Capability in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) where he was responsible for UK F-35 weapons strategy.   

He took command of  6 Squadron in October 2010 flying the Typhoon FGR4 and in 2012 completed a deployment to the ISAF Joint Command in Kabul leading the Target Operations Cell.  Combined with his promotion to Group Captain, he was also made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2013.

In 2015 he was responsible for RAF International Defence Engagement policy at MOD and subsequently became a member at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London.  On promotion to Air Cdre, he became the UK Air Component Commander and Air Officer Commanding No 83 Air Expeditionary Group.

Who makes this group


Key dates

1943 - 1946

Formed as part of the Allied Second Tactical Air Force and composed of 10 Wings. The group was created to provide air support to the allied landings in Normandy in 1944, D-Day, and afterwards. The group supported the allied armies through the campaign in North West Europe up until the end of hostilities. Before being absorbed in to 84 Group after the War.

1952 - 1958

Reformed to cover Germany's southern area during the Cold War, again within the Second Tactical Air Force. Flying jet fighters, reconnaissance aircraft and ground attack aircraft comprising five Wings across fourteen Squadrons. It was disbanded again prior to the creation of RAF Germany in 1959.

2006 - Present

Formed on 1 April from the UK air component HQ in the Middle East at Al Udeid, Qatar to provide command and control to the 4 Wings in its area of responsibility.

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