Rygge Air Station

Rygge Air Station (IATA: RYG, ICAO: ENRY) (Norwegian: Rygge flystasjon) is located in the municipalities of Rygge and Råde in Viken county, Norway. The Royal Norwegian Air Force operates various squadron and aircraft at the airbase, including Sea King helicopters, F-5 Freedom Fighters, Dassault Falcon 20 aircraft as well as Bell 412 helicopters.

Rygge Air Station
F16 take-off at Rygge Air Station.jpg
Two F-16 Fighting Falcons taking off from Rygge
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorRoyal Norwegian Air Force
LocationRygge
Elevation AMSL174 ft / 53 m
Coordinates59°22′44″N 10°47′08″E / 59.37889°N 10.78556°E / 59.37889; 10.78556Coordinates: 59°22′44″N 10°47′08″E / 59.37889°N 10.78556°E / 59.37889; 10.78556
Map
Rygge is located in Norway
Rygge
Rygge
Location in Norway
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 8,012 2,442 Asphalt

HistoryEdit

720 Squadron was moved from Gardermoen Air Station to Rygge. In 1989 their UH-1B helicopters were replaced with Bell 412s. In 2002, 332 Squadron with F-16s was moved from Rygge to Bodø Main Air Station. Some of the aircraft were relocated to Ørland Main Air Station.

On 1 October 2007, the base was expanded to include the civilian Moss Airport, Rygge, which will be shut down again on 1 November 2016.[1] The United States Department of Defense FY19 budget has requested $13.8 million being spent for taxiway construction at Rygge airport to expand operational capabilities as a part of the European Deterrence Initiative.[2]

In 2016, Rygge once again became an air force base under the name Air Force Base Rygge (Norwegian: Luftforsvarets base Rygge).[3]

OperationsEdit

720 Squadron's six Bell 412SP aircraft used primarily to support the Royal Norwegian Army. 717 Squadron operates three Dassault Falcon 20 jets. Two of the jets are electronic-warfare aircraft while the third is configured for VIP-transport. A dispatchment of 330 Squadron operate Westland Sea King helicopters for search and rescue. From the new commercial operations area, Norwegian Air Shuttle has chosen to start a number of services from the airport later this year.[when?]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ newsinenglish.no - Ryanair’s airport ‘will shut down’ 24 May 2016
  2. ^ Gould, Joe; Insinna, Valerie (June 25, 2018). "Poking the bear: US Air Force builds in Russia's backyard". Defense News. The Air Force also wants $13.8 million in FY19 for taxiway construction at Rygge, Norway.
  3. ^ "Rygge hovedflystasjon".

External linksEdit

  Media related to Rygge Air Station at Wikimedia Commons