RAF Masirah was located on the island of Masirah which is about 15 miles off the East coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea. Masirah is approximately 40 miles long by 10 miles wide at it's widest point and four miles wide at its narrowest point.
Masirah was first used as a British military base in the early 1930s. A small stone building used as a fuel store for flying boats and land based aircraft, was at the midpoint of the island on the West side.
The RAF base closed down on 31.03.1977 when there was no longer a need to maintain staging posts
603 Signal Troop 603 Signal Troop (Reserve) [later (MIDEAST) and (AS)]
Originally formed as the British Forces Arabian Peninsula Signal Troop Kenya, 603 Signal Troop served in East Africa in the early 1960s, before being absorbed into 15th Signal Regiment as Forward Air Control Detachments. The Troop was reformed on 1 July 1971 at Masirah, and remained there until March 1977, when it disbanded. During this period it was under the command of 3rd Signal Group on Cyprus.This Troop was unusual in that it had its own emblem, which consisted of the side view of an elephant standing with trunk raised high. We were about 20 soldiers in all, the troop commander being Foreman of Signals (FOS). We were Telecommunications Mechanics, and it was are job to keep the telephones, cables, and communications running on the base.