|January||Storm Relief||Dublin and Aberdeen||1 team collected emergency electricity repair teams from Dublin and Aberdeen for southern England after severe storms caused considerable damage
|January||Exercise Toucan Blade||Leeming, UK to Belize||Deployment of 51 Squadron RAF Regt to Belize|
|January||Exercise Travenor||March AFB, CA, USA to Marham, UK||Recovery of 55 Squadron (Victors) from California to Marham|
|January||Exercise Armilla||Lossiemouth, Scotland to Gibraltar
||Deployment of 208 Sqn (Buccaneers) from Lossiemouth to Gibraltar|
|March||Exercise IADS 90||UK to Kuantan, Malaysia||Deployment of Tactical Communications WIng (TCW) to Malaya
|March||Special||Eilson AFB, AK, USA to UK||Recovery of ITDV from Alaska to UK|
|April||Unit Rotation||Australia||Deploy Blues & Royals to Australia and Australian 2nd Cavalry to UK
|April||Special||UK to Cherry Point, NC, USA||Deploy Royal Marines Shooting Team to USA for competition
|May||Exercise Armilla||Lossiemouth, Scotland to Gibraltar
||Deployment of 208 Squadron (Bucaneers) to Gibraltar|
|May||Exercise Cobb Ring||Pope AFB, NC, USA to UK||Recovery of elements of 5 Airborne Brigade to UK after exercising with 82nd Airborne
|June||Special||Diego Garcia to UK||Recovery of Hovercraft back to UK
|June||Special||Germany to Kiev, Russia||Deployment of massed bands from Germany to Russia
|July||Special||Puerto Rico to UK||Recovery of Royal Marines from Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico to UK
|July||Red Arrows Support
||USSR/Hungary||Red Arrows Support
|August||Operation Granby - On 4th August Squadron Ldr Geoff Montague assumed command of BAMF from Sqn Ldr Howard Martin. After a trouble free handover/takeover he was immediately confronted by a huge increase in tasking of the Hercules Fleet out of Lyneham with the deployment of RAF and Army Units in support of Operation Granby, the response to Iraq invading Kuwait. The first 5 teams were deployed on 9th Aug, three to Dhahran to receive F3 Tornados from Akrotiri and Coningsby and two teams to Akrotiri as reforce. On 12 Aug a further two teams deployed to Thumrait to receive 6 Squadron (Jaguars) from Coltishall and a further team deployed to Akrotiri so that the local Squadron personnel could use up their leave entitlement!
Ian Berry recalled that in early August on one quiet Sunday they had a Royal move outbound when HRH Princess Diana and the two Prince’s, William (6) and Harry (4), were due to fly out to Spain for the Summer holidays with the Spanish Royal family. The Station Commander had somehow confused his Zulu with Local and was still at church when the Royal Party was inbound! Hence Squadron Leader Montague was upgraded to Station Master and Ian to OC UKMAMS... When the party arrived Geoff did his best to chat and entertain Diana whilst the two boys went along the line of men in white suits etc and shook everyone’s hand... a moment he will never forget.
|September||Operation Granby continued unabated in September with all detachments remaining in operation. Between 9-15 Sep OC UKMAMS visited all the airheads in the Gulf region to view first hand the work of all the MAMS Detachments and speak with his deployed personnel.
On 6 Sep the commitment at Bahrain reduced from 24 to 8 men. Similarly the Akrotiri reinforcement was lowered to 10, including 4 contingency personnel, and remained at this level through to the end of the month. On 24 Sep Sqn Ldr Chris Hewat deployed to Tabuk as part of the advance party to the new Tornado GR1 base. He was joined 2 days later by a team of 6 men in preparation for the GR1 deployment. At Tabuk a joint UKMAMS/5 Mobile Aerial Port Squadron (5 MAPS) Movements Detachment was formed. This worked to great effect dealing with all RAF and USAF transport aircraft during the deployment.
Another new base, Al Jubayl, opened on 28 Sep following the decision to send the Seventh Armoured Division to the Gulf. Two teams of MAMF and contingency personnel, led by Flt Lt Simon Fletcher were sent to form this detachment working alongside 4 MAPS from Germany.
The full manpower commitment at each detachment on 30 Sep was:
Dhahran - Flt Lt Simon Hawkins plus 3
Bahrain - Flt Lt Andy Thompson plus 4
Minhad - Flt Lt Rich Green plus 4
Seeb - Flt Lt Woodward plus 2
Thumrait - Fg Off Jolyn Harrington plus 2
Tabuk - Sqn Ldr Chris Hewat plus 6
Al Jubayl - Flt Lt Simon Fletcher plus 11
Sgt Taff Owen was deployed to the British Embassy in Cairo to help with Diplomatic Clearance duties
|September||The operational tasking in support of Operation Granby continued unabated. In addition to maintaining support for existing Airheads new deployments were announced. A further Tornado GR1 Squadron was sent to Tabuk and the advance parties of 7 Armoured Brigade were dispatched to Al Jubayl, a sizeable hospital was also moved to Bahrain
|October||On 5 Oct the Squadron’s commitment at Al Jubayl rose from 12 to 18 men; remaining at this level until 17 Oct when 6 of the Contingency team, returned to RAF Lyneham. For the rest of October, most of the other detachments in the Gulf maintained the same manning levels as at the end of September.
On 24 Oct, following weeks of rumour, the Thumrait detachment finally closed down. This was the result of the Jaguars of 6 Sqn moving forward to Bahrain. This redeployment was achieved using USAF AT, 3 MAPS and further personnel from the Contingency teams. Again this task reflected the particularly close co-operation and liaison between UKMAMS and the various MAPS teams that is a feature of movements operations at each of the Gulf Airheads. The Detachment of a SNCO to Cairo also came to an end on 30 Oct.
The final major development in Oct came at the end of the month when 10 men were despatched to Riyadh. Their task was to set up and co-ordinate the daily KC1 and in-theatre C130 resupply system from King Khalid Airport
|November||A temporary lull was experienced during Operation Granby at the beginning of November as the C130 resupply schedule aircraft were replaced by Tristar KC1s from RAF Brize Norton. However the rest was short-lived as a backlog of freight soon built up at the Airheads and in the Supply Depots. As the month progressed the tasking rate spiralled, the RAF AT being supplemented by civilian charter aircraft. The new resupply policy of KC1s from the UK into Riyadh, followed by the redistribution of freight around the Gulf by in-theatre C130s, necessitated MAMF redeploying its personnel accordingly. The shortage of palletisation equipment continued as did the unreliability of some of the ACHE used by the detachments. This kept the STF staff exceptionally busy as they continued with specialist training and also ran a mobile course.
|November||Special||Paris-Orly to UK||To recover u/s Tornado
|November||Exercise Sea Soldier||Lisbon, Portugal to UK||Recovery of Royal Marines from Portugal
|December||As the deadline for an Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait moved ominously closer so the tempo of the continuing deployment and resupply of British Forces increased. Even when the RAF AT force was given a short Christmas break, UKMAMS personnel in BAMF, MAMF and STF were fully committed to handling civilian charter aircraft contracted to fly throughout the holiday period. The C130 fleet was bolstered by aircraft and crews from Belgium and Spain but despite the extra airlift, the backlog of freight in the UK for the Gulf Units continued to grow. Consequently the Base, Mobile and STF personnel were all as busy during this month as they were at any time on Operation Granby.
Two normal MAMF tasks took place during the month and one of them to Nairobi as part of Exercise Grand Prix was carried out by a scratch team of MAMF and BAMF personnel. The team consisted of Fg Off Simon Hawkins, WO Ian Berry, Cpls Stu Whitton and Douggie Russell , and SACs Figgy Fitches and Brummy Overgaard. During the task Stu Whitton, who was on his swansong, was offered his promotion to Sgt and extension of service - he accepted and was promptly ‘Slabbed’.
|December||Exercise Grand Prix||UK to Nairobi, Kenya and return||Flt Lt Simon Hawkins, WO Ian Berry, Sgt Stu Whitton, Cpl Doug Russell, SAC Craig Fitches plus 1. “Scratch Team” of shift personnel and “Tourex” so as to relieve MAMF. Rotation of Infantry battalion in Kenya|