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De Peel Air Base (Lieutenant General Best Barracks)

Lieutenant General Best Barracks (Dutch: Luitenant-generaal Bestkazerne), formerly De Peel Air Base (Dutch: Luchtmachtbasis De Peel), is a Royal Netherlands Army guided missile base in the Netherlands. It currently has only one, though not actively used, runway.

Lieutenant General Best Barracks
Luitenant-generaal Bestkazerne
Advanced Landing Ground B-84
Luchtmachtbasis De Peel
De Peel Air Base.

TRML-3D/32 Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar System
  • IATA: none
  • ICAO: EHDP
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Royal Netherlands Army
Location Venray
Elevation AMSL 98 ft / 30 m
Coordinates 51°31′34″N
005°51′34″E
Map
EHDP is located in Netherlands

EHDP
Location of Lieutenant General Best Barracks
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 9,803 2,988 Concrete/Asphalt

History

De Peel Air Base.
De Peel Air Base.

Open Street Map of the base.

In June 1944 the German Luftwaffe constructed the first airfield near the town of De Rips, consisting of a single 1400 meters long and 75 meters wide grass strip. The airfield did not see much use by the retreating German forces and was later briefly used in October 1944 by the Royal Canadian Air Force 126 wing as an Advanced Landing Ground (designated B-84). It was not located on the site of the current air base, but about 8 kilometers to the north-west of it. There are no visible remains of it today.

The air base was founded as a diversion airfield in 1954 with two parallel runways (06L/24R and 06R/24L) and never served as an active base for aircraft, seeing only incidental usage from the aerial photo reconnaissance unit from nearby Volkel Air Base, even though the base was expanded in 1973 for possible NATO use. In 1993 it was closed as an operational airfield and became the home base of the Royal Netherlands Air Force guided missile division (Groep Geleide Wapens, or GGW). One runway remained however, though it is no longer actively used by the military. The base is used for glider flying however. Military aerial exercises also take place in its airspace.

In March 2012 it was decided as part of a reorganisation to transfer control of the base from the Royal Netherlands Air Force to the Royal Netherlands Army, resulting in a name change to Lieutenant General Best Barracks (Dutch: Luitenant-generaal Bestkazerne). However, it is still commonly referred to as De Peel.

Units

800 Squadron

  • Provides logistical and communications support.

802 Squadron

  • Provides air defence using the following equipment:
    • MIM-104 Patriot

13 Air Defence Battery

  • Provides air defence using the following equipment:
    • NASAMS
    • Fennek mounted FIM-92 Stinger (the Stinger Weapon Platform)
    • TRML-3D/32 Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar System
    • AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel Radar System

Training Battery

  • Provides training for both national and international ground-based air defence units.

 


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