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Re: Souda Bay 2021 - MIL

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Ah yes, that exercise is also ending today. The weather is terrible here though, think I'll stay home.
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EP-3E 161410 just departed to the south-east, after arriving from Mildenhall last night. Using the same callsign: VVPR410.

KC-135R Roma91 indeed seemed to have supported Blue Flag participants. After orbiting off the Israeli coast this morning it's on its way back towards the NW.
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Trabanti wrote: 29 Oct 2021, 11:54 EP-3E 161410 just departed to the south-east, after arriving from Mildenhall last night. Using the same callsign: VVPR410.

KC-135R Roma91 indeed seemed to have supported Blue Flag participants. After orbiting off the Israeli coast this morning it's on its way back towards the NW.


Hey Bart, ROMA81 (61-0292) did the same and arrived back at Mildenhall right now!!
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Trabanti wrote: 28 Oct 2021, 22:15 Tankers are perhaps here to support the Qatari F-15EXs on the last leg of their delivery, or to bring the SJ Eagles that I understood are at Larissa home?
SJ Eagles are at Larissa till Nov. 12th.. After supporting "Castle Forge", the SJ AFB's F-15E's of the 336th FS "Rocketeers" will reportedly deploy to the Middle East for a total 6 month tour in the "sand pit"!
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Re: Souda Bay 2021 - MIL

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Thanks Paul!

An unusual sight today: a totally deserted ramp.. Only the French A400M is still parked at the end of the northern taxiway on the far west side (NAMFI probably).
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Noted here earlier today:

0110/F-RBAR A400M ET4/61 spcl marks
35784 C-130J-30 41AS
15745 C-130J-30 61AS
164598/AX KC-130T-30 VR-53
ZH874? C-130J (RRR5507)

An EP-3E went out on a mission along the north African coast, just returned. Will check my photos later for the RAF Herc serial. And a Hellenic Embraer arrived this morning, was still there but didn't bother reading it.
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Today saw another RAF visitor: ZZ171 unloaded some heavy equipment on the US ramp, C-17A with special 20 years markings. Just departed again as RRR6408, heading NW.

An RAF Voyager with a (flight of) Typhoon(s) was operating just north of Crete, on their way to the SE and suddenly banked north, seemingly landed at Athens (at least the Tiffie(s) did)..
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Nov 1:

0110/F-RBAR A400M ET4/61 spcl marks (again) arr/dep
38887 KC-135R 100 ARW arr
91470 KC-135T 100 ARW arr
404 Be350 HAF multiple t&g

The EP-3E is out on a mission and finally after a 4-day weekend the 115CW woke up in the afternoon and launched 4 2-ships and a 4-ship.
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Re: Souda Bay 2021 - MIL

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02.11 visitor: RRR2126 from Brize Norton. Should be a Voyager.
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Confirmed, came overhead the restaurant. Too dark to id. It just left again (7:30 pm LT) as RRR127, heading NW.

What was id'd today during an hour or so in the afternoon:

534 F-16C 340 Mira
536 F-16C 340 Mira
602 F-16D 340 Mira
503 F-16C 343 Mira
513 F-16C 343 Mira
525 F-16C 343 Mira
527 F-16C 343 Mira
615 F-16D 343 Mira
00219 C-17A 62AW dep
44136 C-17A 305AMW
38887 KC-135R 100 ARW
91470 KC-135T 100 ARW dep

Early in the morning a Hellenic AF AEW&C EMB145 was doing some circuits. The ARIES followed its usual pattern, leaving later in the morning and recovering, again, after sunset.

I am now pretty sure the former Zeus Viper from 343 sqn is indeed 503, as suggested by another forum member. Today I snatched it during golden hour on its other side. Still very vague, but putting my money (not that there's much left of that..) on 503.

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Final log from here for now from me. Wasn't planning on going today but the Sentry appeared overhead while I was just parking at a minimarket 10 mins from the base, and runway 11 happened to be in use. It made an IFR approach before landing, so I managed to catch it along with a wave of Vipers coming back:

504 F-16C 343 Mira arr
509 F-16C 343 Mira arr
534 F-16C 340 Mira arr
536 F-16C 340 Mira arr
50+86 C160D
80-0139/OK E-3C arr
165832 C-40A

Arriving at the moment (6 pm LT) are another USN C-40 and KC-135T 91470 returning from another mission over the Black Sea.

That's all folks! Handing over to Paul from next week. I will try to post some photos when I'm back.
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This week Souda is the place to be.
Egypt Mirages and F-16s, UAE F-16s.
Also Egypt LHD along the coast with some nice helos on board.
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Ouf !!! :shock:
Pictures somewhere ?? :P
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michel N wrote: 16 Nov 2021, 08:53 This week Souda is the place to be.
Egypt Mirages and F-16s, UAE F-16s.
Also Egypt LHD along the coast with some nice helos on board.
An RAF RC135 should also be operating out of here.
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