The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the home of the Red Arrows, RAF Scampton, will be closed.
The station was originally due to close in 2014 but in June 2012 the Ministry of Defence confirmed the Red Arrows would remain there until at least the end of the decade. Today, the MoD announced that Scampton would close by 2022 with all units relocated elsewhere.
Who’s based at Scampton? No 1 Air Control Centre, the Mobile Meteorological Unit and of course the Red Arrows.
However, this comes despite the 2010 Strategic Defence & Security Review concluding that keeping the Red Arrows at RAF Scampton was the best way for them to operate, without affecting other operational flying bases. As a consequence of the decision work was undertaken to resurface the runway, ensuring Scampton was retained as an operational flying base.
Saddened that @DefenceHQ want to sell RAF Scampton as part of cost-saving measures. Not the best way to mark the #RAF100: closing the home of the @rafredarrows and Dambuster squadron. I will work with @LincolnshireCC & @WestLindseyDC to ensure the base has a bright future.
— Sir Edward Leigh MP (@EdwardLeighMP) July 24, 2018
The Red Arrows, which have been at the base for over 20 years, will be relocated to another airbase.