List of Royal Air Force wings

List of Royal Air Force wings

Wings within the Royal Air Force have both administrative and tactical applications. Over the years, the structure and role of wings has changed to meet the demands placed on the RAF.

Wings can be found at every station in the RAF and also abroad, deployed on operations.

Expeditionary Air Wings

Formed 01 April 2006, Expeditionary Air Wings (EAW) are found at the following RAF Flying Stations:

* RAF Waddington - No 34 EAW (ISTAR)
* RAF Lyneham - No 38 EAW (Air Transport)
* RAF Coningsby - No 121 EAW (Multi Role)
* RAF Cottesmore - No 122 EAW (Fighter / Ground Attack)
* RAF Leuchars - No 125 EAW (Fighter)
* RAF Leeming - No 135 EAW (Fighter)
* RAF Marham - No 138 EAW (Fighter / Ground Attack)
* RAF Lossiemouth - No 140 EAW (Fighter / Ground Attack)
* RAF Kinloss - No 325 EAW (Maritime Patrol & Surveillance)

Force Protection Wings

Formed from RAF Regiment field squadrons, Force Protection (FP) Wings are responsible for defending aircraft and personnel whilst deployed on operations.Each FP Wg is parented by an RAF Station with whom it is usually deployed:
* RAF Force Protection Force Headquarters - RAF Honington
* No 1 Force Protection Wing - RAF Wittering
* No 2 Force Protection Wing - RAF Leeming
* No 3 Force Protection Wing - RAF Marham
* No 4 Force Protection Wing - RAF Lyneham
* No 5 Force Protection Wing - RAF Lossiemouth
* No 6 Force Protection Wing - RAF Leuchars
* No 7 Force Protection Wing RAF RAF ConingsbyRAF Force Protection Wings were, until April 2004, known as Tactical Survive To Operate Headquarters (Tac STO HQs).

Miscellaneous Wings

* No 1 Air Mobility Wing - RAF Lyneham -HQ Squadron,44 Air Movements Squadron and 45 Air Movements Squadron.This is UK Air Movements Squadron (UKMAMS) expanded to wing strength.
* No. 85 Expeditionary Logistics Wing - RAF Wittering

tation-based Wings

A typical Royal Air Force flying station (not training) will have the following integrated wing-based structure:
* Administrative Wing / Base (Station) Support Wing
* Depth Support Wing
* Forward Support Wing
* Operations Wing

On a smaller RAF Station, these functions may be termed squadrons but their role is identical.

pecialised Station-based Wings

Some stations has Wings which are customised to their particular role with the RAF:
* Airport of Embarkation Wing - RAF Brize Norton

Tactical Wings

Wings termed 'Tactical' within the Royal Air Force provide are cohesive, specialised units that are usually found in DPM uniform.
* Tactical Communications Wing - RAF Brize Norton
* Tactical Imagery-Intelligence Wing - RAF Marham
* Tactical Medical Wing - RAF Lyneham This unit has the Latin motto "Summum Bonum" which means 'for the highest good'.It became operational on 1 April 1996 and its CO is currently Wing Commander Alan Cranfield.Some of its sub-units are Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron,Deployable Aeromedical Response Teams (DARTS),Operational Training Squadron and Operations and Logistics Squadron.
* Tactical Provost Wing - RAF Brampton Wyton Henlow
* Tactical Supply Wing - MOD Stafford


* [ Royal Air Force Official Website]
* [ Royal Air Force Regiment Official Website]

External links

* [ Royal Air Force Station Brize Norton Official Website]
* [ Royal Air Force Station Coningsby Official Website]
* [ Royal Air Force Station Cottesmore Official Website]
* [ Royal Air Force Station Honington Official Website]
* [ Royal Air Force Station Kinloss Official Website]
* [ Royal Air Force Station Leuchars Official Website]
* [ Royal Air Force Station Lossiemouth Official Website]
* [ Royal Air Force Station Lyneham Official Website]
* [ Royal Air Force Station Marham Official Website]
* [ Royal Air Force Station Wittering Official Website]

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