Gan Island (Royal Air Force  military base 1941 - 1976 ), Addu AtollGan Island (Royal Air Force military base 1941 - 1976 ), Addu Atoll

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The British troops were stationed during the World War II on the island of Gan, just forty miles south of the equator. This island was used as a base of the Royal Air force of Britain until March 1976. A war memorial was built in the Gan Island and even today this is a famous historic location for many, especially for the former members of the British troops who were based in Gan.

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The former Royal Air Force Station Gan commonly known as RAF Gan, was a Royal Air Force military base on Gan Island, a southern-most island of Addu Atoll which is part of the larger groups of islands which form the Maldives, in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

The area was originally established as a military base for the Royal Navy in 1941. Royal Navy engineers began constructing airstrips on Gan island in August 1941 for the Fleet Air Arm . In 1957 the Royal Navy transferred the base into the control of the Royal Air Force, and Royal Air Force Station Gan became established in the late 1950s as a stopover on the reinforcement to the RAF Far East Air Force Base in Singapore.

The British secret military base in Gan Island was extensively used by bombers, fighters and transports on their way to Singapore and other destinations in the Far East Asia during the late 1950s and the 1960s. Other foreign military forces like the US, occasionally used the facilities. However as the 1970s dawned, the United Kingdom was withdrawing from its commitments east of the Suez. By the end of 1971 the RAF Far East Air Force was disbanded and the major rationale for Gan was gone. Traffic became much less frequent but the base still remained open for a few more years. By 1975 British Military air craft using the base were an extreme rarity. Gan was thus closed and turn over to the Maldivian Civil authorities of the area. At the same time as RAF use of the airfield ceased, the RAF gained access to the then newly opened built US airfield two hundred miles to the South of Gan on the British Island of Diego Garcia.

Gan is the southernmost island of Addu Atoll, as well as the southernmost island of the Maldives. It is relatively large by Maldive standards. Gan Island was formerly inhabited, but its inhabitants were moved to neighboring islands after the British naval and airbase was built. It had been having continuous human habitation since very ancient times. Gan Island has now a hotel catering for tourists and is connected by causeways to the neighboring islands of Feydhoo, Maradhoo and Hithadhoo.

H. C. P. Bell visited Gan island in 1922 and investigated the ancient Buddhist ruins in the Island. These included the foundations of a temple (vihara) and a mound or low hill which was a very ruined stupa . Gan's ruins were the remains of the southernmost Buddhist site of the Maldives.
This is another magnificent historic Island which is an essential stop on any tour to Addu Atoll, Maldives,

My personal recommendations: 

For a group of six or more, an English speaking licensed tour guide will be provided by us.

How getting there: 

Once you get down to Male ‘International Airport, you need to take a domestic flight (just one hour + few minutes) or travel by local ferry (Approx: 72hrs. If the weather is good) to Gan Island (Royal Air Force military base 1941 - 1976 ), Addu Atoll, MALDIVES

A tip to eat: 

In the Island few restaurants! Just only few minutes away!

A tip to sleep: 

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Useful information: 
Open hours: 

All day long.

Visit duration: 

2 to 3hours.

Entry fees: 

Free

Contact: 

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