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The RAF's expeditionary air capability in the Middle East.
Two heads are better than one
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 variety 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.
In 2018 he became the UK Air Component Commander and Air Officer Commanding No 83 Air Expeditionary Group.
901 Expeditionary Air Wing (901 EAW) is based alongside Headquarters 83 Expeditionary Air Group (83 EAG) in the Middle East. The Wing provides administrative, logistical, communications and Total Safety services to HQ 83 EAG and other assigned units, including Joint Force Support (Middle East) Force Movements Control Centre, Joint Force Communication Information Systems in the Middle East, as well as UK personnel in the Combined Air Operations Centre at Al Udeid Air Base.
Based in the Middle East, 902 Expeditionary Air Wing's primary mission is to support Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters for Operation Kipion and other operations in the area. It also provides ground and passenger handling services to the Operation Kipion Intra-Theatre Shuttle and exercises in the region.
Based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. The Expeditionary Air Wing's primary mission is to support Typhoon FGR4, Tornado GR4, Voyager and Sentinel aircraft operating in support of Operation Shader and support Number 1 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing detachment and Number 1 Air Control Centre. This allows 83 EAG to conduct Defensive Counter Air, Close Air Support, Air to Air refueling and Intelligence gathering and dissemination operations in support of the UK’s interests.
Based in the Middle East, 906 Expeditionary Air Wing provides A400M tactical transport aircraft for the Operation Kipion Intra-Theatre Shuttle. It routinely handles Voyager and C-17 air transport aircraft, the mainstay of the RAF’s strategic airlift capability and vital in the Airbridge for all UK personnel and freight flying into and around the broader Middle East and beyond. It also acts as a contingent operating base for operations and exercises and supports UK Fast Jet and Rotary Wing assets as well as coalition partners including the United States Air Force, United States Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.
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.
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.
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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