Details of Permits Granted for Military Flights by Department of Foreign Affairs

  • Posted on: 29 November 2020
  • By: shannonwatch

Earlier this month the Minister for Foreign Affairs provided Catherine Connolly TD with a breakdown of military flights that landed at Shannon or were granted permission  to fly through Irish airspace for the years 2015 to 2019. Deputy Connolly requested the data for every year since 2002 but was told that because Department of Foreign Affairs staff are working from home and do not have access to physical files required to compile data for the years prior to 2015.

The following tables summariises the military landings at Shannon.


Military overflight numbers were even higher each year.

Tracking an Omni Air Troop Carrier

  • Posted on: 28 November 2020
  • By: shannonwatch

Earlier today we spent some time tracking a US troop carrying aircraft Omni Air N225AX. It originated at Dobbins Reserve Air Base near Atlanta in Georgia and landed at Shannon Airport just before midnight on Friday night. It refueled and took off again about 1.58am Saturday morning, heading for another refeuling stop at Sofia Bulgaria, before flying on over east Africa.

It was then recorded over Asosa in Ethiopia when in seemed to switch of its transponder which was wise because it was now flying over or near a viscous civil war in Tigre province Ethiopia.

It’s not Possible to Promote Peace if we are Facilitating War

  • Posted on: 28 November 2020
  • By: shannonwatch


"It’s not possible to promote peace if we are facilitating war."

This was the very clear message from Catherine Connolly TD in the Dail on Thursday when she questioned Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney on the US military use of Shannon Airport. She laid out the figures clearly to him: 3 million US troops and their weapons have passed through Shannon on their way to and from warzones in the last 20 years; 79.5 million displaced people in the world today, 39 million of whom are as a result of America’s involvement in war over those 20 years.

Not Guilty Verdict in Trial of Peace Activists Colm Roddy and Dave Donnellan

  • Posted on: 23 October 2020
  • By: admin

At Dublin Circuit Court today a jury of twelve Irish citizens acquitted peace activists Colm Roddy and Dave Donnellan of the charge of alleged criminal damage at Shannon airport over four and a half years ago. The trial by Jury was presided over by Judge Karen O’Connor found both defendants not guilty. They entered Shannon airport on the morning of 25th May 2016 to search and investigate US military aircraft that were being refuelled on their way to and from US wars of aggression. There were two US Air Force aircraft at Shannon at the time of the incident.

Peace Activists Colm Roddy and Dave Donnellan on Trial - Report from Days 1 & 2 in Court

  • Posted on: 14 October 2020
  • By: shannonwatch

The trial of peace activists Colm Roddy and Dave Donnellan began in Dublin at the Circuit Court in Parkgate street Dublin on Monday 12 October 2020, over four and half years since they carried out a peace action at Shannon airport. Here is a report from the first two days of the trial.


Tweet to Demand an End to US Military Use of Shannon

  • Posted on: 11 October 2020
  • By: shannonwatch

We're calling on everyone who opposes the US military use of Shannon to tweet about it. Join us from 8pm to 9pm this Sunday (Oct 11th) to send messages to the government and to the Department of Foreign Affairs. You can be sure both will notice - and probably even count - the tweets!

Here are some suggested tweets. Use these or your own to demand #USMilitaryOutOfShannon.

US Air Force Combat Search and Rescue Comes to Shannon

  • Posted on: 5 October 2020
  • By: shannonwatch
13-5785_HC130J.jpgOn Saturday evening, October 3rd, two grey military looking planes landed at Shannon just before 6pm.  They were both what are called "Combat King II" Hercules HC-130J's operated by the US Air Force. The registration numbers were 11-5765 & 12-5773.

The planes both took off this Monday morning (October 5th) at 9.30am.

The planes carried a "Reach" or RCH call sign which means they were Air Force Air Mobility Command planes. Typically only military transport aircraft, including troop transport, use this call sign.

More Weapons of War at Shannon

  • Posted on: 4 September 2020
  • By: shannonwatch

At Shannon today Irish neutrality was once again being breached making Ireland complicit in US war crimes in the Middle East. A US Air Force MC-130J Hercules warplane landed from RAF Mildenhall at about 11.20am, refuelled and took off again for the USA about 13.30pm.

Lockheed MC-130J Commando II ‘15737’ (35717495522)

US Diplomats Flying to and from Israel through Shannon

  • Posted on: 2 September 2020
  • By: shannonwatch


On 23rd August we spotted that Mike Pompeo, who was described by the Washington Post a few days ago as the worst US secretary of state in history, stopped at Shannon on his way to Israel. He was going there to discuss the "normalisation deal" agreed with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earler in the month. As our friends in the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign said, this deal was an abandonment of Palestinian rights, intended merely to give diplomatic cover to Israel’s ongoing violations of those rights.

Pompeo was on US Air Force Boeing C-40B 01-0015.

On Sunday 30th August another Boeing C-40B, this time with registration 02-0042, landed at Shannon from Joint Base Andrews in Washington. It went on to Israel, and on Monday it left Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, flew to Al Bateen Executive Airport in the UAE, and flew back to Shannon (arriving Tuesday 1st September). It left Shannon at 6.12pm on its was back to Joint Base Andrews.

Suspicious Military Planes at Shannon

  • Posted on: 1 September 2020
  • By: shannonwatch

On Aug 9th we reported on a suspicious Boeing 757 operated by the US Air Force Special Operations Command at Shannon. We highlighted that the plane, with registration 02-4452, appears to be used to support US special forces and CIA operations.

While the plane falls under the aegis of Air Force Special Operations Command, it is in fact operated by 486th Flight Test Squadron which the American Special Ops website describe as "highly secretive units, with little information publicly available about their activities". They have two aircraft, both of them are C-32B's or former Boeing 757s. One is 02-4452 which we photographed at Shannon on Aug 9th. The other is 00–9001.

Both of these very suspicious aircraft have been refuelling at Shannon over the past month.