Royal Air Force Odiham is situated in North Hampshire, 46 Miles south west of London . The nearest large town is Basingstoke, 7 miles to the West. The working population of the Station is about 2,000, of which around 100 are civilians.
Royal Air Force Odiham operates three Support Helicopter (SH) squadrons and one Army Air Corps (AAC) Lynx squadron. A conversion flight is incorporated in one of SH squadrons. The flying units are supported by Engineering Logistics Wing, which provides 2nd line aircraft, equipment engineering and logistics support, and by Base Support Wing, which manages the Station infrastructure, finance, welfare and other support tasks. Ops Wing is responsible for co-ordinating all aspects of operational and logistic output and also manages the airfield services.
Nos 7, 18 (B) and 27 squadrons, equipped with the Chinook HC2, HC2A, HC3 and HC4 and No 657 Squadron (AAC) with its Lynx AH7s, operate in support of NATO and UK interests worldwide, providing direct support to the Army. The Joint Helicopter Support Squadron is also based at Royal Air Force Odiham and deploys with the squadrons to provide specialist underslung load support and landing site management in the field.
In July 1968, Royal Air Force Odiham was granted the `Freedom of the Borough’ by the Borough of Basingstoke. This entitles personnel from Royal Air Force Odiham to march through the Borough with bands playing, drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed. In June 2000, the Odiham Parish Council awarded Royal Air Force Odiham ‘The Title of Dignity’ in recognition of the close ties between the two communities. following the cancellation of Project BELVEDERE, the future of Royal Air Force Odiham is now secure. The Station looks forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the local community.