During 2019 RAF Boulmer and Battlespace Management Operations undertook a reorganisation to better provide our operational output. One of the changes was to stand up the Battlespace Management Engineering and Logistics Wing (BM ELW). BM ELW is tasked to deliver all engineering and logistical functions that directly support Director BM Operations, Group Captain Chesh Cowieson.
BM ELW is made up from ASACS Engineer & Logistics Squadron (ASACS ELS) and Deployed Air Surveillance and Control Squadron (DASACS). During the stand-up of BM ELW, Airfield Radar Flight transferred from 90 Signals Unit and joined DASACS, bringing with it an additional support element to our operational output.
Earlier this year, in order to assure its high readiness capability and showcase the new deployable airfield navigation assets, the team deployed to a location in on the Northumberland Coast. Exercise NORTHERN WARRIOR, was led by Detachment Commander, Corporal Nick O’Conner and they were able to deploy their Air Traffic Management capability, namely an Airfield Surveillance Radar, Ground to Air Comms, Mobile Airfield Tower & Control Room and deployable Airfield Lighting.
Officer Commanding BM ELW, Wing Commander Andy Main, said:
“As a newly formed Engineering and Logistics Wing, my key objective was to provide an environment in which we could assure our support to operations through mission rehearsals. Over the past few months, Airfield Radar Flight had been on this pathway and have developed a series of small exercises, culminating in Ex NORTHERN WARRIOR. Despite facing some challenges, all objectives were achieved, and the Team were able to provide assurance to Director Battlespace Management Operations that they were able to meet Command Plan tasks at the appropriate level of readiness”