The Nahshon Squadron Moves to the Negev

Date: 09/02/2009, 2:56 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

After 60 years of operations on the Lod Air Force Base (AFB), the last plane from the Nahshon Squadron took off to the squadron’s new base in Nevatim, in the South of Israel on Sunday (Jan. 8), thus joining the other squadrons that already moved in August 2008. “The opening of the Nevatim base was an important milestone also from a national point of view,” said the Commander of the Israel Air Force, Maj. Gen. Ido Nechushtan, at the closing ceremony of the Lod AFB, held on Sunday (Jan. 8) before the take-off. “Hundreds of families and members of the Air Force are relocating their lives and moving to the Negev desert, which is so desperate for settlement and development. The Israel Air Force is proud to be pioneering and leading in populating the Negev, out of foresight and the ability to realize a vision.”

The transfer of the squadron to the South of Israel was marked by an aerial demonstration lead by the Commander of the IAF Maj. Gen. Ido Nechushtan, the commander of the Nahshon Squadron Lt. Col. G., the commander of the Nevatim AFB Brig. Gen. Eden Attias, the commander of the Lod AFB Col. Daniel Shlaifer and veterans of the squadron who are part of its magnificent heritage.

At the closing ceremony of the Lod AFB, Maj. Gen. Nachushtan also said: “The story of the Lod Air Force Base is interwoven with countless operations and achievements that became magnificent history, but above everything else, it is the story of its people; the fighters of the Air Force team, the loading inspectors, the intelligence and electronic warfare personnel, the maintenance system personnel, the management and aviation personnel. All of them invested their utmost abilities, their spirit and the spirit of their hearts.”

The Lod AFB was established in 1935 by the British and was in IAF service for many years. The base is supposed to be transferred to the relevant agencies of the State of Israel in approximately one year.