RAF Akrotiri

Defence written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which military units have been deployed at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, in the last 12 months.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The UK has the following military units permanently deployed at RAF Akrotiri:

A Squadron which operate Griffin helicopters to provide search and rescue for the Sovereign Base Areas and Republic of Cyprus;

The Cyprus Operational Support Unit which is responsible for managing the transit of military goods and personnel to and from operations in Afghanistan.

Separately, a number of military units have also conducted routine training at RAF Akrotiri in the past 12 months. The full list of military units, together with their deployment dates, is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Since 26 August 2013, the Ministry of Defence has deployed the following military assets with supporting personnel to RAF Akrotiri:

Six Typhoon fast jets in the air defence role.

Two Tri-Star air-to-air refuelling aircraft; one Tri-Star returned to the UK on 4 September 2013.

One E3D Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Command and Control aircraft.

A Type 101 Radar to increase air surveillance coverage in the region.

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