340 Mira was the first squadron to receive the brand-new block 52 version of the Fighting Falcon within the Hellenic Air Force. The squadron had been disbanded in 2001 with the A-7 being withdrawn from use. The fact that 340 Mira was chosen to fly the new jet reflects the importance the Greek government and military emphasise on a strong presence in the Aegean region, being based at Souda AB on the island of Crete.
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from 340 Mira is coming in for landing at Florennes AB after a Clean Hunter exercise on July 5th, 2005. [Photo by Tom Houquet]
Tasks of the unit mainly concern airborne interception, although officially the squadron is multitasked. This is also reflected in the fact that the most modern block types of the viper are used in 340 Mira.