RAF Gibraltar is located on the northern end of the Gibraltar peninsula, between the Spanish border and the Rock of Gibraltar.
The airfield's position at the western end of the Mediterranean makes it an ideal staging post for aircraft on operations and as a supporting base for major NATO exercises in the Mediterranean and Iberian peninsular areas.
By providing an operational airhead capable of mounting UK and coalition military operations, the Station contributes to the maintenance of British sovereignty of Gibraltar.
The Government of Gibraltar also operates a civilian air terminal on the north side of the airfield which has scheduled flights to and from the UK.
The Defence Aerodrome Manual (DAM) is to inform and direct civilian aircrew using the RAF Gibraltar airfield.