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RAF Bruggen

Station crest
Military unit
Unit nameRoyal Air Force Station Brüggen
Founded1953 - 15 June 2001
AllegianceUK: British Armed Forces
BranchRoyal Air Force
TypeFlying station
RoleFighter attack and defence
Part ofRAF Second Tactical Air Force,
then Royal Air Force Germany,
finally No. 2 Group RAF
Garrison/HQElmpt, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Nickname"Brüggen", Bruggers"
MottoTo Seek and Strike
MarchRoyal Air Force March Past
EquipmentEnglish Electric Canberra,
F-4 Phantom II,
Panavia Tornado GR1
EngagementsFirst Gulf War,
Kosovo War

RAF Bruggen

Airport information
Airport typeMilitary
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operatorformerly: Royal Air Force, now: British Army
LocationElmpt, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Elevation73 m (241 ft)

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The former Royal Air Force Station Brüggen, more commonly known as RAF Brüggen, in Germany was a major station of the Royal Air Force until 15 June 2001. It was situated next to the village of Elmpt, approximately 43 km (26.7 mi) west of Düsseldorf near the German-Netherlands border. The base was named after the village of Brüggen, the nearest rail depot. Construction began in mid-1952, which involved the clearing of dense forest and draining of marshland. The station became active in 1953 during the rapid expansion of NATO forces in Europe.

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