Royal Air Force Boulmer plays a key role in the homeland defence and search and rescue tasks of the United Kingdom.
RAF Boulmer is home to Air Surveillance and Control Systems (ASACS) Force Command, and the Control and Reporting Centre (CRC) at RAF Boulmer compiles the Recognised Air Picture within UK and NATO airspace, as well as providing tactical control of the UK Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Force.
The School of Aerospace Battle Management (SABM) is also based at RAF Boulmer. RAF Boulmer is also home to ‘A’ Flight 202 Squadron – 2 Search and Rescue Sea King helicopters providing cover from Fife in the north to Hartlepool in the south, and from the Lake District in the west to as far as Norway in the east.
RAF Boulmer is on the Northumberland coastline, 30 miles north of Newcastle and surrounded by picturesque villages, historic market towns, ancient castles and breathtaking scenery, with many miles of sandy beaches. The nearest town is the historic market town of Alnwick, voted "the best place to live in Britain" 2002. It is a popular tourist spot, particularly in the summer months, holding an annual Fair and Music Festival, and was also the venue for the filming of the first two Harry Potter films.
The information on this site has been compiled from various sources accessible on the internet: acknowledgements are due to MOD Website, RAF Website, HIVE website, &Wikipedia. The site is intended to be an impartial and useful source of information about the Forces Base and surrounding area for members of HM Armed Forces, their families and civilians working on the Base. There should be nothing of a sensitive nature as everything here is readily available on the internet. If you spot anything that is out of date or just plain wrong, please contact us.