Montijo Air Base
Base Aérea do Montijo
Base Aérea n.º 6
|Operator||Portuguese Air Force, Portuguese Navy|
|In use||1953 - present|
|Commander||Colonel Antonio Carlos da Costa Nascimento|
|Elevation AMSL||46 ft / 14 m|
Sources: World Aero Data
Montijo Air Base (Portuguese: Base Aérea do Montijo) (ICAO: LPMT) - officially known as Air Base No. 6 (Base Aérea n.º 6) or BA6 - is a military air base located in Montijo, Portugal. The base is home to three transport squadrons and one helicopter search and rescue squadron and provides logistic support to the Portuguese Navy's helicopters based there.
The Montijo Air Base started to be built by the Portuguese Navy, before World War II, to replace its Naval Aviation base of Bom Sucesso in Lisbon. The War prevented the good progress of the works and the base ended only to be inaugurated in 1952, as the "Sacadura Cabral" Naval Aviation Centre.
The inauguration of the base happened during the process of the creation of the independent Portuguese Air Force and the transference of the Naval Aviation from the control of the Navy to the new branch.
On March 3, 1953, the Naval Aviation Centre was officially re-designated as Air Base No. 6. However, within the Air Force an independent group originating from the Naval Aviation units, known as "Forças Aeronavais", continued to operate from BA6 in the anti-submarine role. Only by late 1956, early 1957, was the integration of these units in the Air Force complete, with some personnel returning to the Navy and others staying in the Air Force.
The Air Force Survival Training Center (Portuguese: Centro de Treino de Sobrevivência da Força Aérea, CTSFA) is based at BA6 with the mission of training Air Force personnel in survival and individual rescue, including in nuclear, radiologic, biologic or chemical warfare environments, as well Explosive Ordnance Disposal.
In 2018 it was announced that the base would also become a civil airport for low cost carriers by 2022.