U.S.A.F. Larche was a military airbase located on the island of Malden.
U.S.A.F. Larche was the designation of the main airport on the microstate of Malden. Used by U.S.-led NATO forces, it was situated to the north-east of Saint Louis, and could be reached via the paved road leading out of the town or through the trail on the north-western side of the airbase.
The airbase was established to serve as a refuelling and resupply point for cargo aircraft travelling between the continental United States and NATO bases in West Germany. Command of the garrison was initially led by General Williams of the U.S. Army, but was later transferred to Colonel Caper Blake by late 1982.
Throughout the Malden Islands Crisis, U.S.A.F. Larche served as a key staging ground for NATO troops when rogue forces led by a disavowed Soviet General, Aleksei Guba, invaded Malden on June 1st, 1985, in an attempt to forcibly seize control of the island.
The understrength NATO garrison would continue to clash with Guba's forces over the course of two weeks. It came close to being overrun numerous times until June 13th, when U.S. reinforcements were able to replenish the depleted ranks of the battle-worn garrison. With their assistance, the last of the Soviets were finally defeated and would be driven off the island on June 18th.
At the turn of the millennium, U.S.A.F. Larche would be decommissioned in the early 2020s after a series of controversial incidents involving stockpiles of Cold War-era munitions.
Budget cuts caused by the surge of an economic crisis throughout NATO countries would see to a unilateral U.S. withdrawal from Malden, and the subsequent decommissioning of U.S.A.F. Larche.
In the aftermath of their drawdown, Chinese-led CSAT forces would be invited at the request of the Maldenian people to fill the security vacuum. They would be accompanied by their North African allies as part of the alliance's Scimitar Regiment, who would form the bulk of the CSAT presence on Malden.
A series of portable tent structures and two buildings served as barracks to house the base's personnel and staff.
A vehicle repair station and fuel tanks were established along the trail on the north-western side of the main runway.
- Its designation is only stated in a radio transmission from Blake in Guardian. In all other instances throughout the main campaign, U.S.A.F. Larche is generically referred to as the "NATO airport" or "NATO airbase".
|Settlements on Malden|
|Towns||Chapoi • Dourdan • Houdan • Larche • La Pessagne • Le Port • Saint Louis|
|Villages||Arudy • Cancon • Goisse • La Rivière • Lolisse • Sainte Marie • Vigny|
|Military installations||U.S.A.F. Larche|