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Araxos Air Base
3810'N 2125'E

Araxos Air Base is located in the rugged, isolated Greek countryside north of Athens in the western Peleponnessos peninsula.The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) is one of the few remaining operators of the A-7, which were transferred from the US Navy some years ago. The two squadrons of the 116th Combat Wing fly A-7E Corsair II Corsairs from Araxos Air Base and another two squadrons of the 115th Combat Wing are equipped with the A-7H variant at Souda airbase on Crete.

As of April 2000 the Air Force planned to keep construction of permanent party one-plus-one dormitories on schedule, including two 36-room one-plus-one dorms at Araxos, Greece. Military construction of one-plus-one dormitories was sparked when a 1995 quality of life survey revealed privacy was the top concern of single enlisted members living in dormitories. The Araxos Air Base facility, which had operated since 1978 employing 70 Greek civilians and over 100 American personnel, closed at the end of May 2001.

Military police arrested three Dutch nationals on 25 April 2001 after they were discovered watching aircraft from a restricted area at Araxos Air Base. The three men were using binoculars to observe military aircraft at Araxos. Military police also found cameras and other photographic equipment in their possession.

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