RAF Mildenhall ‘set to close’ as US government reveals plans to move assets to Germany

RAF Mildenhall is set to close, the US government announced on Thursday.

RAF Mildenhall is set to close, the US government announced on Thursday. - Credit: Archant

RAF Mildenhall US Air Force Base is set to close as part of a sweeping reorganisation, according to reports.

The US military news outlet, Stars and Stripes, reports that the Suffolk base, home to the USAF special operations forces, refuelling tankers and 3,200 military personnel, will be moved to other locations such as Germany.

Meanwhile, two squadrons of F-35s will now be relocated to RAF Lakenheath by 2020.

The move will see RAF Mildenhall’s 352nd Special Operations Wing move to Germany.

Two other US facilities in the UK - RAF Alconbury and Molesworth, will also close. Most of their missions will move to RAF Croughton.


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A number of closures will also take place in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Portugal.

The Pentagon expects to save $500m a year from the consolidations, which have been under review for more than a year.

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Will you be affected by the closure? E-mail reporter Daniel Mansfield on Daniel.mansfield@archant.co.uk or call 01353 665521.

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