6 Squadron

of the Royal Bahraini Air Force

Key Facts

Short Name:
Nickname: unknown
Main Role: Attack
Secondary Role: Fighter Training
First Formed: 1985
Parent Unit: 1st Fighter Wing
Current Status: Active


The 6th Fighter Squadron was formed in December 1985 to operate the F-5E/F Tiger II as an interceptor fighter. The unit relinquished its fighter role to the newly arrived F-16s in 1990, and took on the attack role. The unit forms part of 1st Fighter Wing at Shaikh Isa Air Base. Some combat operations were conducted against Iraqi forces during the Gulf War of January-February 1991.


Type Qty Service Example Serials
F-5E 8 Dec 1985 – Present 681, 684, 686, 688
F-5F 4 Dec 1985 – Present 641, 642, 643, 644

Unit Markings

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Main Bases

Base Duration
Bahrain Intl. Airport (Manama) 1985 – 1990
Shaikh Isa AB 1990 – Present

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