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US workers start base withdrawal

Joint Maritime Facility
American personnel have been based at RAF St Mawgan since 1943

American Navy personnel who have been based at RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall are to begin moving out later this week.

American personnel have been at the camp since the US Army Air Force took over the base in 1943 and have worked on various projects during their stay.

The most recent was the Joint Maritime Facility set up in 1995 and staffed by the RAF, US Navy and Royal Navy for surveillance on anti submarine warfare.

However, the unit is being relocated to Virginia in the US.

As a result, about 100 Americans from the camp are being re-located in phases from now through to the end of the summer to the facility's new base in Virginia.

The move, which is being carried out because of advanced technology and cost-efficiencies, is expected to save the US Navy about £6.5m a year and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) about £4m a year.

The RAF, which has been at St Mawgan since World War II, ended its flying operations at the base last December.

However, the base is still operational and plays a key role as an RAF training organisation, with emphasis on defence survival skills.

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