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Report - RAF Neatishead permission visit Oct 16

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by no1_scoot, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. no1_scoot

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    RAF Neatishead is a Royal Air Force Remote Radar Head in the English county of Norfolk, East Anglia established during the Second World War. It consists of the main technical site, and a number of remote, and sometimes unmanned sites.

    The station motto is Caelum Tuemur, meaning "We Watch over the Sky".

    The primary function of Neatishead was as a "Control and Reporting Centre" (CRC) for the south of the United Kingdom; it forms a part of the UK's air defences - namely the UK "Air Surveillance And Control System" (ASACS), and is part of the larger NATO air defence. It uses radar, ground-to-air radio and digitally encrypted data links.

    Equipment previously located in the base included: Type 7 Radar, FPS 6 height finding radar, Type 80 "Green Garlic" radar, Type 84 radar, Type 85 "Blue Yeoman" radar and a R15 Radar.

    On 16 February 1966 a fire broke out in the bunker, station fire teams were unsuccessful in putting the fire out and so civilian fire crews were called. 3 civilian firefighters lost their lives. Later that year LAC Cheeseman was sentenced to 7 years for starting the fire and causing the deaths.

    RRH Neatishead controls the remote site of RAF Trimingham with its Lockheed TPS 77 Radar.

    Neatishead is adjacent to the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum.

    In April 2004 the decision was taken to substantially reduce activities at Neatishead, and by 2006, the base had been downgraded to Remote Radar Head (RRH) status, but the museum remains open. The gate guardian, a Phantom previously based at RAF Wattisham, was cut up for scrap in 2005 despite interest from the Radar Museum.

    The Explore.
    This was an organised tour with limited photo opportunity. Our tour guide Bill was very good, he has been there since it closed and has previous MOD experience. His knowledge of the Bunker was excellent. Site is currently up for sale but he is planning on doing more tours next year.

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    If your into radar then the museum is well worth a visit.
    Thanks for looking.
     
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