Camp Bastion

Knowledge Identifier: $Camp_Bastion


Camp Bastion

Main British military base in Afghanistan add

Category: Justice-Crime (7)

Launched in 2000.

Countries: Afghanistan (27%), United Kingdom (18%), U.S. (18%)

Main connections: United States Marine Corps, McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II, Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Linked to: Afghan National Army, United States Armed Forces, BBC, Boeing




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Four miles long by two miles wide, it has a busy airfield and a field hospital and originally had full accommodation for the 2000 men and women add something


The camp was specifically in a remote desert area far from population which allows clear vision to spot attackers and originally had full accommodation for the 2000 men and women add something


Built in early 2006 by personnel from 39 Engineer Regiment Royal Engineers and various contracting firms, all under the supervision of 62 Works Group Royal Engineers, the camp is situated in a remote desert area, far from population centres add something


Camp Bastion was built in early 2006 by 39 Engineer Regiment from the Royal Engineers add something


The first runway set up in April 2006 was designed to handle no more than three aircraft movements per week add something


In November 2006, Tony Blair visited Camp Bastion, and, while addressing a gathering of British troops, described it as an "extraordinary piece of desert add something


However by late 2007 a long and wide concrete runway became operational enabling the number of movements to rise to 5,000 per month by the end of 2008 add something


Foreign relations of Afghanistan - In September 2009, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Camp Bastion


Bastion 1 and 2 were the first sections with Bastion 2 containing Camp Barber and Camp Viking , Bastion 0 was added in around 2010 and houses the contractors and Bastion 3 is used for in-theatre training add something


However in February 2011 construction of a new runway was completed and can now handle almost all commercial and military aircraft add something


The base has been attacked several times including on 14 September 2012, when two United States Marine Corps service personnel were killed and six USMC McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier IIs were destroyed and two were "significantly damaged add something


McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II - On 14 September 2012, a Taliban raid destroyed six AV-8Bs and severely damaged two others while they were parked on the tarmac at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand Province


In 2013, the British opened a training school for Afghan troops at Camp Bastion, as part of their exit from Afghanistan strategy add something


In May 2013 the BBC obtained documents showing that up to 85 Afghan nationals were being detained at Camp Bastion add something


During August 2013 the Headquarters of Task Force Helmand moved from Lashkar Gah to Bastion add something


During 2014 Camp Bastion is expected to be transferred to the American forces with Camp Leatherneck being closed add something


In February 2014, snow fell in Camp Bastion for the first time since the base was established, eight years earlier add something


By March 2014, the population of the camp had reduced to 4,000 UK service personnel, as preparations were well-underway for UK military withdrawal from Helmand add something


As of September 2014 it was reported that both Bastion 2 & 3 have been reverted to desert add something


In September 2014 it was reported that the significantly reduced base would be handed over to the Afghan Government add something


The camp was handed over to the control of the Afghan security forces in October 2014 add something


The United States Military used part of Bastion Airfield for their aircraft and they had their own camp within Camp Bastion until 26 October 2014 add something


British Army - Military operations officially ended with the handover of Camp Bastion on 26 October 2014


On 27 November 2014, insurgents infiltrated Camp Bastion add something


In December 2015, it was announced that a small contingency of British troops would return to Camp Shorabak in an advisory role, due to the Taliban overrun of Sangin district in Helmand province add something


On March 1 2019, & Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen made an early morning attack on Afghan forces at Camp Shorabak, killing and wounding dozens just following another round of talks between U.S. and Taliban negotiators add something