Special Report

America’s Largest Military Bases Around the World

Source: Courtesy of David Luther Thomas / RAF Croughton / CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

50. RAF Croughton, United Kingdom
> Base size: 694 acres
> Cost of base: $473.2 million
> Service branch: Air Force
> Nearest city: Croughton

RAF Croughton is located in the central part of the United Kingdom, about 70 miles northwest of London. It was founded as a Royal Air Force base in 1938. After World War II, the base was deactivated and then given over to the U.S. military and has served as a communications hub for the U.S. Air Force.

49. Daegu Air Base, South Korea
> Base size: 698 acres
> Cost of base: $756.7 million
> Service branch: Air Force
> Nearest city: Taegu

Daegu is a major military facility operated by the United States in South Korea. It is located near the city of Daegu, the third most populous city in South Korea. The base was created in 1921 by the Japanese Empire, and the United States took it over after World War II.

48. Ikego Housing Area, Japan
> Base size: 714 acres
> Cost of base: $1.2 billion
> Service branch: Navy
> Nearest city: Ikego

The Ikego facility was an ammunition depot in Zushi City used by the Japanese Navy during World War II. The housing facility for the U.S. Navy opened in 1996 and has 853 units housing 2,500 family members who live on the base.

Source: Courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Barton

47. RAF Welford Ammo Storage Area, United Kingdom
> Base size: 736 acres
> Cost of base: $320.5 million
> Service branch: Air Force
> Nearest city: Welford

RAF Welford, the base for the 420th Munitions Squadron, is located 40 minutes south of Oxford. The base is the second-largest munitions storage area for conventional weapons in Europe and provides ammunition stores for all members of NATO.

46. Camp Hovey, South Korea
> Base size: 763 acres
> Cost of base: $588.3 million
> Service branch: Army
> Nearest city: Camp Hovey

The camp, named in honor of MSG Howard Hovey, a Distinguished Service Cross recipient who died during the Korean War, is strategically important. The camp is close to the city of Tongduchon, which is about 40 miles north of Seoul and just 11 miles south of the Demilitarized Zone. The purpose of the base is to deter aggression from North Korea. The camp is home to about 2,500 active duty American military personnel and several hundred civilians.

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