Subscribe

The U.S. Navy will draw down operations at two small bases in England by the end of June, according to a Department of Defense news release.

Operations at RAF Eastcote will cease, while the Navy presence at RAF West Ruislip will decrease its operations.

The facilities on both bases, located outside London, will eventually be handed over to the British government by Oct. 1.

The changes come as part of an ongoing U.S. European Command force structure realignment and transformation plan, in which U.S. Naval Forces Europe has identified both bases as excess to their needs, according to the release.

The reduction in the Navy operations will affect 77 U.S. servicemembers, 88 DOD civilian employees and 133 host nation employees, with most of those troops coming from RAF Eastcote.

As a result of the cutbacks, the DOD is expected to save $400,000 at RAF Eastcote, and about $1 million at RAF West Ruislip in annual facility costs, the release stated.

As with all stationing actions, the U.S. has coordinated with host-nation officials before the announcement was made.

Sign Up for Daily Headlines

Sign-up to receive a daily email of today’s top military news stories from Stars and Stripes and top news outlets from around the world.

Sign up