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Royal Air Force Station Blenheim Crescent

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Part of United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE)
Located in the London Borough of Hillingdon, England
Type Military Air Base
Coordinates 51°33′13.43″N 000°25′04.11″W / 51.5537306°N 0.4178083°W / 51.5537306; -0.4178083
Controlled by United States Air Force
RAF Blenheim Crescent is located in Greater London
RAF Blenheim Crescent, shown within Greater London

RAF Blenheim Crescent is a non-flying Royal Air Force Base located in near Hillingdon in the Greater London area.


The primary units assigned to the base are branch offices of the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development; the Office of Naval Research Global, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Joint NATO National Support Element, and the Defense Energy Support Center and the Fleet Industrial Supply Center.

It administratively falls under the direction of the 422d Air Base Group based out of RAF Croughton, but consists of a collection of multiple Field Operating Agencies and Direct Reporting Units.

It was on long term lease to the United States Navy until September 30, 2007. Control was passed to the United States Air Force on October 1, 2007. the faciltiy was transferred to the United States Air Force for administrative purposes following the disestablishment of the Commander US Naval Activities in the UK.

Current Status

Blenheim Crescent is currently vacant as the building is undergoing renovation. The USA plans to move around 120 personnel into Blenheim Crescent over a period of several months with the first expected to arrive in November 2007. A precise breakdown of the final figure is not yet available although under current plans it is expected that the majority of personnel, around 50, will be employed by the US Navy with around 30 for the US Army and 25 for the US Air Force. The remainder will be a mix of contractors and civilian staff.

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