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  1. Forward operating base

    A forward operating base is any secured forward military position, commonly a military base, that is used to support tactical operations. A FOB may or may not contain an airfield, hospital, or other facilities. The base may be used for an extended period of time. FOBs are traditionally supported by Main Operating Bases that are required to provide backup support to them. A FOB also improves reaction time to local areas as opposed to having all troops on the main operating base. In its most basic form, a FOB consists of a ring of barbed wire around a position with a fortified entry control point, or ECP. More advanced FOBs include an assembly of earthen dams, concrete barriers, gates, watchtowers, bunkers and other force protection infrastructure. They are often built from Hesco bastions. In Afghanistan during 2011 there were 137 British bases however as of March 2013 bases are closing on average of one a week and in April 2013 when Operation Herrick 17 finishes there will be only 14 left.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. forward operating base

    An airfield used to support tactical operations without establishing full support facilities. The base may be used for an extended time period. Support by a main operating base will be required to provide backup support for a forward operating base. Also called FOB.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forward operating base in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forward operating base in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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