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Canadian Forces Base Lahr: One Year After The Pull-Out
Canadian Forces Base Lahr: One Year After The Pull-Out
Published: 2015/10/16
Channel: Neil Lundy
Lahr - CFN
Lahr - CFN
Published: 2011/04/03
Channel: GERMANYZZZ
444 Sqn return to Lahr
444 Sqn return to Lahr
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: Ramjet524
CFB Lahr   1 RCHA   1983   Shack    Room Inspection
CFB Lahr 1 RCHA 1983 Shack Room Inspection
Published: 2012/06/30
Channel: Rejean Godin
Kaserne drive
Kaserne drive
Published: 2016/05/15
Channel: Steve Smythe
RETURN TO CANADIAN FORCES BASE  BADEN SOELLINGEN
RETURN TO CANADIAN FORCES BASE BADEN SOELLINGEN
Published: 2016/07/10
Channel: Brian Buttnor
J.L.C. COURSE PARADE AT C.F.B. LARH, GERMANY 1991
J.L.C. COURSE PARADE AT C.F.B. LARH, GERMANY 1991
Published: 2013/04/02
Channel: Veterans Canada
Typical Canadian CFB PMQ house
Typical Canadian CFB PMQ house
Published: 2008/03/17
Channel: Jon20202
1 CAG Baden & Lahr (Part 1)
1 CAG Baden & Lahr (Part 1)
Published: 2016/03/25
Channel: John Human
1 CAG Baden & Lahr (Part 2)
1 CAG Baden & Lahr (Part 2)
Published: 2016/03/25
Channel: John Human
CFB Gagetown changes name to 5th Canadian Division Support Base
CFB Gagetown changes name to 5th Canadian Division Support Base
Published: 2013/08/29
Channel: canmildoc
444 family day
444 family day
Published: 2017/01/12
Channel: Ramjet524
Nationair DC-8 & Canadian Forces Air Command CC-130 Hercule flyby, CFB Lahr, 1992
Nationair DC-8 & Canadian Forces Air Command CC-130 Hercule flyby, CFB Lahr, 1992
Published: 2013/11/30
Channel: CerealKiIIer
Canadian Tiger Hornet departing Baden-Soellingen for the last time
Canadian Tiger Hornet departing Baden-Soellingen for the last time
Published: 2014/11/17
Channel: 1CAG
Lahr Military 1992 -2
Lahr Military 1992 -2
Published: 2012/09/26
Channel: KarlsruheNo1
4 Service Battalion Parade 1991
4 Service Battalion Parade 1991
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: Ramjet524
Lahr reflections at Lahrfest 2013
Lahr reflections at Lahrfest 2013
Published: 2013/08/25
Channel: Peter Laurence
CFB Baden Colours Review 1973
CFB Baden Colours Review 1973
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: George Floyd
Canadian Forces Europe
Canadian Forces Europe
Published: 2017/01/10
Channel: Ramjet524
CFB Lahr (main gate), Lahr, Kippenheimweier to Nonnenweier, Germany 1982-86.wmv
CFB Lahr (main gate), Lahr, Kippenheimweier to Nonnenweier, Germany 1982-86.wmv
Published: 2012/03/26
Channel: Rejean Godin
Lahr report (adventurefilmproductionscanada.com)
Lahr report (adventurefilmproductionscanada.com)
Published: 2010/11/13
Channel: Neil Lundy
Germany military base housing
Germany military base housing
Published: 2014/07/19
Channel: Kaylyne Urquhart
Friesenheim to CFB Lahr main gate,  On  B 3
Friesenheim to CFB Lahr main gate, On B 3
Published: 2013/02/26
Channel: Rejean Godin
444 deploy on Hercules
444 deploy on Hercules
Published: 2017/01/12
Channel: Ramjet524
Canadian Forces base
Canadian Forces base
Published: 2014/09/30
Channel: Audiopedia
Betacam Footage of The Last Foreign Canadian Forces Base (Baden-Baden, Germany; 1993)
Betacam Footage of The Last Foreign Canadian Forces Base (Baden-Baden, Germany; 1993)
Published: 2017/10/14
Channel: What You Haven't Seen
444 Tac Hel Sqn flightline 1989
444 Tac Hel Sqn flightline 1989
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: Ramjet524
Lahr Military 1992
Lahr Military 1992
Published: 2012/09/26
Channel: KarlsruheNo1
Drive into CFB Baden
Drive into CFB Baden
Published: 2013/04/09
Channel: Rodger2vp
CFS RADIO TV CFB BADEN 1991
CFS RADIO TV CFB BADEN 1991
Published: 2013/04/18
Channel: Veterans Canada
MyForces - Canadian Forces Social Networking
MyForces - Canadian Forces Social Networking
Published: 2010/11/19
Channel: mycanadianforces
Canadian Armed Forces Boeing 707 CC-137  ... awesome classic jetliner footage!
Canadian Armed Forces Boeing 707 CC-137 ... awesome classic jetliner footage!
Published: 2010/01/16
Channel: JetFlix
Yvon  L.
Yvon L. 's family , PMQ area 31 CFB Lahr , 1982 86
Published: 2014/02/04
Channel: Rejean Godin
CFB Lahr Airfield, Vacuum stand, on CFN Lahr News, Thur. June 2, 1983.mp4
CFB Lahr Airfield, Vacuum stand, on CFN Lahr News, Thur. June 2, 1983.mp4
Published: 2012/06/17
Channel: Rejean Godin
Part13 CFB Cornwallis Obstical2 End
Part13 CFB Cornwallis Obstical2 End
Published: 2014/04/10
Channel: R Desmarais
visit in lahr
visit in lahr
Published: 2008/03/06
Channel: aramisz50
CFB Lahr - RC Church , August 1985  Wedding.wmv
CFB Lahr - RC Church , August 1985 Wedding.wmv
Published: 2012/04/29
Channel: Rejean Godin
Des ex-membres des Forces armées canadiennes en Allemagne
Des ex-membres des Forces armées canadiennes en Allemagne
Published: 2017/03/13
Channel: 45eNord.ca
Military Tribute (US, UK, German and Canadian forces)
Military Tribute (US, UK, German and Canadian forces)
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: Military Tributes
CFB Lahr Airfield, Vacuum stand, on CFN Lahr News, Thur. June 2, 1983.mov
CFB Lahr Airfield, Vacuum stand, on CFN Lahr News, Thur. June 2, 1983.mov
Published: 2012/06/16
Channel: Rejean Godin
German Air Force A340 16+01 Konrad Adenauer Take off from Lahr EDTL
German Air Force A340 16+01 Konrad Adenauer Take off from Lahr EDTL
Published: 2011/08/10
Channel: ebel76
CFB Baden-Soellingen Germany radio alert in  English, French and German
CFB Baden-Soellingen Germany radio alert in English, French and German
Published: 2016/03/10
Channel: Kenny G
Canadian Forces Drug Bust commercial
Canadian Forces Drug Bust commercial
Published: 2014/10/24
Channel: cape race
CFB Cornwallis November 22 2015 1 of 2
CFB Cornwallis November 22 2015 1 of 2
Published: 2015/12/21
Channel: Joel Hirtle
STREET VIEW: Lahr im Schwarzwald in GERMANY
STREET VIEW: Lahr im Schwarzwald in GERMANY
Published: 2017/04/29
Channel: Manfred Auer
Air Farce Live Lahr part 2a
Air Farce Live Lahr part 2a
Published: 2012/11/26
Channel: Jack Sprat
1980-1986 Classical music hosted by Neil Lundy/Lahr Germany (Chopin)
1980-1986 Classical music hosted by Neil Lundy/Lahr Germany (Chopin)
Published: 2016/08/18
Channel: Thomas Lundy
Canadian Forces Military training (for kids)
Canadian Forces Military training (for kids)
Published: 2016/06/13
Channel: The Mayer-Harman Team
CFB Chilliwack Video
CFB Chilliwack Video
Published: 2016/03/13
Channel: Darren Kennedy
CFB Baden
CFB Baden
Published: 2013/04/10
Channel: Rodger2vp
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Canadian Forces Base Lahr
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Canadian Forces Air Command
Location Lahr, Germany
Coordinates 48°22′9.30″N 07°49′39.8″E / 48.3692500°N 7.827722°E / 48.3692500; 7.827722
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 9,842 3,475 Asphalt

Canadian Forces Base Lahr (IATA:LHA, ICAO: EDTL, former code EDAN) was a military operated commercial airport located in Lahr, Germany. It was operated primarily as a French air force base, and later as a Canadian army base, beginning in the late 1960s. The military base was closed in 1994 and converted to civilian use. It is now known as the Flughafen Lahr.

History[edit]

Canada established a presence at Lahr during the late 1960s with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as part of Canadian Forces Europe command.

In the early 1950s, the RCAF had established No. 1 Air Division to meet Canada's NATO air defence commitments in Europe. No. 1 Air Division consisted of twelve fighter squadrons located in four wings. Two wings were located in France (No. 1 Wing and No. 2 Wing) and two were located in West Germany (No. 3 Wing and No. 4 Wing). Eight air division squadrons were replaced by (nuclear) strike aircraft in 1962 in support of Canada's new and controversial nuclear strike role.

In 1963, the Government of France announced that all nuclear weapons located on French soil (NATO or French) would be controlled by France itself. This was unacceptable to the RCAF (and other NATO units stationed in France), so the two nuclear strike squadrons at 2 Wing were hastily moved in fall 1963; 430 Squadron to 3 Wing Zweibrücken, and 421 Squadron to 4 Wing Baden-Soellingen. Remaining non-nuclear armed units in France were repositioned to Marville, and RCAF Station Grostenquin closed in 1964.

In March 1966, the Government of France announced that it would be withdrawing its military forces from NATO and that current NATO units based in France must leave or fall under French military command. This forced the RCAF to look for a home in western Europe for 1 Wing and 1 Air Division Headquarters. They settled on Base Aérienne 139 Lahr which the Armée de l'Air was vacating as per the French government's announced withdrawal from NATO. RCAF personnel, aircraft and equipment were transferred to the new RCAF Station Lahr by March 1967 with dependents to follow later. The RCAF moved Marville's 439 and 441 Squadrons to Lahr in April 1967. In 1971 the latter squadron moved to CFB Baden-Soellingen and changed its name to 441 Tactical Fighter Squadron.

On February 1, 1968 the RCAF merged with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Canadian Army to form the unified Canadian Forces. RCAF Station Lahr was renamed Canadian Forces Base Lahr, shortened to CFB Lahr. As part of cuts to reduce costs by consolidation, 3 Wing at RCAF Station Zweibrücken was closed with its units consolidating at CFB Lahr and CFB Baden-Soellingen.

Further defence cuts and consolidation saw the Canadian Army (then renamed Mobile Command) units based in Soest area of northern West Germany, along with those units based in nearby Hemer-Deilinghofen, Werl, and Unna, moved to CFB Lahr (some also moved to CFB Baden-Soellingen), with air force units concentrated at CFB Baden-Soellingen. The cuts resulted in a drawback of the air force from six squadrons to three which were reorganized under the new 1 Canadian Air Group banner.

Army units stationed at CFB Lahr were organized under 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group and were mostly heavy armour a Cold War tank formations (using Centurion tanks then Leopard 1) or mechanized infantry equipped with the M113 family of Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC).

CFB Lahr was home to:

Closure[edit]

CFB Lahr maintained an important defence installation for NATO until the fall of the Berlin Wall, and reunification of Germany eliminated the role for permanent deployment of the Canadian Forces in western Europe. The closure of CF bases in Germany and redeployment was announced in the 1990 budget.

CFB Baden-Soellingen closed its airfield on March 31, 1993 and most units had departed by that summer. The base remained as a detachment of CFB Lahr until it was permanently closed December 31, 1993.

The last unit to leave CFB Lahr was 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group on August 31, 1993. CFB Lahr was officially decommissioned and closed a year later on August 31, 1994.

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