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. 

US Air Force C-32B at Shannon

  • Posted on: 9 August 2020
  • By: shannonwatch

Today, as Shannonwatch and its supporters gathered for the regular monthly demonstration against the US military use of Shannon Airport, a suspicious looking US Air Force Boeing C-32B (757-23A) sat on the tarmac at the airport. The plane, with registration 02-4452 is operated by the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), and appears to be used to support US special forces and CIA operations.


US Perpetrators of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombing Still Killing People

  • Posted on: 9 August 2020
  • By: shannonwatch


On Saturday August 8th our friends in Galway Alliance Against War commemorated the fact that in August 1945, the United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities, leading to the deaths of up to 226,000 people.

The US perpetrators of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing are still busy promoting a nuclear arms race, and wars of aggression in the Middle East. On the same day as the horrific events of August 1945 were being remembered, at least two plane loads of US troops passed through Shannon Airport.

Questions about Flights Linked to US Military for our New Government

  • Posted on: 3 August 2020
  • By: shannonwatch

Both Shannon and Dublin airports have been busy supporting the US war machine this weekend.

At Dublin we had GainJet Aviation Boeing 757 SX-RFA flying from Benghazi in Libya to Dulles Airport in Washington DC on Sat August 1st. It also flew back from Dulles Washington to Benghazi, again with a refuelling stop in Dublin early on Sunday morning.


US Military Flights Costing Ireland Millions of Euro

  • Posted on: 24 July 2020
  • By: shannonwatch


Last month Darren O'Rourke TD (Sinn Fein) asked the new Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport, Eamon Ryan to outline the position regarding air traffic control fees for military flights using Irish airspace and airports. Like us, he wanted to know if fees are waived for military aircraft, and if so, what the cost of the waived fees has been over the years.

The Green Minister explained in his response that

The practice of exempting en-route charges for certain specified classes of airspace users, including military aircraft, derives from the exclusion of State aircraft from the scope of the 1944 Chicago Convention establishing the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). While the application of the exemption from charges is at the discretion of the State concerned, the policy and general practice at international level is to exempt such flights from charges.  Ireland, in common with the vast majority of Eurocontrol's 41 member states, subscribes to this practice.

In other words, foreign military aircraft do not pay air traffic control charges as they overfly or land in Ireland. And that includes US military aircraft.