Royal Air Force Gan




Welcome to Royal Air Force Gan, one of the few sites focusing on a paradise on earth.  A posting that will never be forgotten if you were a "Gannite". Even if you weren't, enjoy your visit wandering around the site.

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Above shows me on my return to Gan, 15 March 2007. 35 years to the day since I first arrived. I've changed a little since the photo was taken below. Bob Newell, John "Paddy" Byrne and me, Sadly, Paddy is no longer with us. God Bless


           Gan is Situated about 30 miles south of the equator.

It was first occupied by the British as a base for the Royal Navy in 1941. Airstrips were also constructed for use by the Fleet Air Arm. It was know as "Port T".

In 1957 the Royal Air Force took over and construction of a permanent runway began. It was used primarily as a staging post for military aircraft enroute to the Far East Air Force (FEAF). Other nations air forces also used it as a stopover.

The base was finally closed down on 31 March 1976 as commitments in the far east were dwindling and the base was no longer viable.

A very sad day indeed!


The weather on Gan is continous sunshine for around ten months of the year, the other two months or so are known as the "Monsoon season". It rains almost continously for these two months, and boy, when it rains, it rains! So, if you are thinking of going out for a holiday to Gan or the Maldives, then do your homework weatherwise. During the Monsoon season it is hard to tell where the islands finish and the sea begins!  For more information click on the "WeatherOnline" link below.




Excuse the picture quality of the photo above. This is at the start of the monsoon season. Me and Harry McMenemy playing sweeping brush (Monsoon style) cricket. Harry is the one on his backside. Paddy Byrne was bowling (for want of a better word!) and Jerry Keenan took the photo.

This site was created (if you can call it that) by; Tony Sirrell - (Ex-R.A.F.) (42 yrs older above, though not necessarily wiser!!)

Service - 1970-1992. Trade - Telegraphist.

 I joined the R.A.F. in 1970, went to RAF Swinderby for square bashing, then on to RAF Cosford for my trade training. My first posting was to Prestwick in Ayrshire, after 15 months there, I was posted to paradise.
After Gan I was posted to RAF Finningley, 33 SU Ayios Nikolaos Cyprus, RAF Fylingdales, RAF Tongeren/Joc Maastricht, RAF Rudloe Manor, RAF Gibraltar, RAF Rudloe Manor, Norway (Afnorth), RAF Rudloe Manor, with various detachments over the years.
I was out in Gan from March-December 1972 in Commcen Gan (Siggie Siggie Siggie) - (I won't print the response!!)
"Not Having" and "I Hacked It" are terms that have always stayed in my mind.
Have a look at the photographs on the following pages. (Maybe one of them will bring back a memory.)
Even if you are not an ex-Gannite, but are ex-military or still serving, I hope you enjoy it anyway.

Came out of the RAF in 1992, now living in South Gloucestershire and working for Avon & Somerset police.

Drop me a line, if you like at the e-mail address below.

Check out the links below (and sign/read the guestbook)

Best wishes

Tony Sirrell - e-mail address:  Gannite

My original site was opened - 20 Jan 2001. This site was created - 5 Oct 2008 after my other provider closed down.

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  Look for old mates or get your tales of life in the RAF down here.


Interesting/Useful links:

Royal Air Force Official Site (look up anything on this site, a mine of info)

Royal Air Force Community Support (Whether you are retired or a serving member,this site has got everything you need)

Taff Small RAF Gan Website (Excellent site, well worth a look)
Ex-RAF Aerial Erectors Association Website (Eddie Edwards site for all you hairy arsed Riggers out there!)
Ian Hunt RAF Gan Website (Another great site on RAF Gan)
Servicepals (Look up old buddies from the past)
Modreunited Website (Same sort of site as the one above, but worth a visit)
John "Gary" Cooper RAF Website (Definitely worth a visit, lots to see and do)
John "Gary" Cooper RAF Gan (The Early Years, this is pre my time there)
RAF Finningley (Derek Frost, Ex GPO man, was there longer than the station cat)
202 Squadron website (Take a look at this site, bound to be a familiar name there)
Jim Aitken RAF Air Movements Website (A site for all you Air Movements people)
Forces 365 (Great site, Tons of original stuff, and also contact old mates etc.)
Xplanes (A site for all you aircraft buffs out there, and also not a bad site for contacting old buddies either)
RAF Chia Keng, Singapore Website (This site brings the nostalgia flooding home in torrents)
Avon & Somerset Constabulary Website (This is where I work, for want of a better word)
Raf Changi Association (Anyone who served on RAF Gan is eligible to join)
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