RAF Wittering’s future is secure but Army could share base

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ARMY personnel could move into RAF Wittering in 2015 but the base’s future is secure.

North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara has welcomed the plans outlined to him in a letter from Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox yesterday.

The base is currently home to RAF personnel and under the new plans may also host Army units from Germany in 2015.

In his letter Dr Fox said: “This has been a complex piece of work. The decision to accelerate the withdrawal from Germany of the 20,000 or so personnel still based there, with their dependants, meant we had to consider the footprint of the armed forces across the United Kingdom.”

The future of RAF Wittering has been uncertain since the announcement last year in the Strategic Defence and Security Review that the Harrier Jump Jet based at Wittering would be retired.

Mr Vara said: “I am delighted that there will be an RAF presence at the base and also recognise the economic realities involved, which means that there may well also be an Army unit there from 2015 onwards.”

The Army will also be moved into RAF Cottesmore which will close as an air force base in 2013.