RAAF Base Scherger (ICAO: YBSG) is the newest of the Royal Australian Air Force's three ‘bare bases’, completing a chain of bases across Australia’s 'Top End'. Located 26 kilometers (16 miles) east of Weipa on the western side of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. The base -- named in honor of Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick Scherger, who served in the Top End region during World War II -- was opened on 5 August 1998.
As a 'bare base' Scherger's role is to provide the RAAF and other services with the necessary infrastructure to be activated with little or no notice as staging platforms for air attacks against an invading force.
The base has facilities for 400 personnel in fixed accommodations, 1,000 personnel in tents and about 40 aircraft. It is normally only manned by four Air Force personnel who are responsible for caretaker duties. During peacetime RAAF Base Scherger hosts, on average, one major exercise per year in which the base is fully activated through the arrival of RAAF units based elsewhere in Australia.
RAAF Base Scherger is a 13,000 acre air force bare base. It has a 10,000 foot runway, and minimal permanent facilities capable of expansion for exercises and operations. It is a planned forward operating base for F-35 joint strike fighters.
In October 2010, the Scherger Immigration Detention Centre was opened at Scherger providing accommodation for 300 single adult males. The facility was closed in 2014.
The Team SDB version of Scherger depicts a pre-2000 “what if” scenario with British Aerospace TSR2 aircraft that might have been in use had the program and contract gone through.
The scenery consists of:
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