Unit History: RAF Brampton
RAF Brampton is a Royal Air Force station near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire. Formerly the home of RAF Support Command, it now houses several elements of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), which itself was a result of a merger between the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) and the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA), and provides a base for the Defence Security Standards Organisation and Defence Estates.
The station is also home to JARIC - The National Imagery Exploitation Centre, which produces intelligence from all forms of imagery, and provides trained and experienced Service personnel to provide intelligence in support of operations.
Originally, RAFs Brampton, Wyton and Henlow were separate stations. However, in the mid-1990s, with the closure of RAF Logistics Command then at Brampton, and the cessation of operational flying from Wyton, the 2 Stations amalgamated to become Brampton Wyton. Henlow joined the group in 2001, and brought with it RAF Stanbridge, to produce the largest station in terms both of both geography and number of personnel in the RAF. The Station stretches from Brampton and Wyton, around 7 miles apart, in the north, southwards around 30 miles to Henlow, and then westwards some 20 miles (towards Leighton Buzzard) to Stanbridge.
Brampton has no airfield, but both Wyton and Henlow do. Wyton is used by University Air Squadrons flying the Grob Tutor and Henlow is leased out as a general aviation airfield. Wyton is also the main base for the DLO.