|Name:||Shaikh Isa Air Base|
|Category:||Major Air Base|
Operator: Royal Bahraini Air Force, Air Operations Centre, PO Box 245, Bahrain.
Operator’s Identity Codes:
Address: Not known.
Nearest Town/City: Manama – airfield is 11 miles (18 km) south.
|Deg. Min. Sec.||N 25° 55′ 06.10″||E 050° 35′ 26.01″|
|Decimal||N 25.9184°||E 50.5906°|
Elevation: 41 m/136 ft
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|Shaikh Isa Air Base||1987 – Present|
The massive Shaikh Isa Air Base is located in the south east of Bahrain Island, 18 nm south of Manama. It was built with American assistance from 1987. It is the base for the 1st Fighter Wing of the BAAF. After the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and during the Gulf War, the base was host to A-6E and F/A-18 units of the US Marine Corps between August 1990 and March 1991. USMC, US Navy and USAF units have continued to deploy to the base at regular intervals up until the present day.
Note: Several references give the location of this base as being on Sitrah (or Sintrah) Island. Sitrah is a small island to the west of Bahrain Island and does NOT host any military air bases.
|1987||Work starts on constructing Shaikh Isa AB|
|198?||Formally opening of the base|
|1990||US military units arrive|
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The following organisations are, or were, permanently based at this location:
Based Military Units
|1st Fighter Wing||RBAF||1989||Current||Various|
|VMA(AW)-224||USMC||28 Aug 1990||Mar 1991||Fighter-Bomber|
|VMFA-235||USMC||22 Aug 1990||Mar 1991||Fighter-Bomber|
Based Civilian Operators
To be added.
‘The Story of Aviation in the Kingdom of Bahrain’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]
Feature articles to be added.
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