The Permanent Joint Headquarters was established in 1996 to command Joint and Combined military operations, to provide politically aware military advice to the MOD, to enhance the operational effectiveness and efficiency of UK-led joint, potentially joint and multi-national operations, and to exercise operational command of UK forces assigned to multinational operations led by others.
Northwood Headquarters, which is owned by the Chief of Joint Operations (CJO), is home to his own Permanent Joint Headquarters (including the JFHQ), the Commander Naval Forces North (one of NATO's three major Commanders) and Headquarters of Commander in Chief Fleet.
PJHQ Northwood has seen much expansion over the past two decades and is still evolving.
Northwood village is on the borders of the London Borough of Hillingdon and South Hertfordshire. It lies approximately 3 miles south of the large Hertfordshire town of Watford. It lies within convenient proximity of the M25, M1 and M40 motorways. Central London is approximately 15 miles to the South East.
The Service Families' Accommodation is split over two estates situated around the outside of the perimeter fence of Northwood Headquarters.
The information on this site has been compiled from various sources accessible on the internet: acknowledgements are due to MOD Website, Army website, HIVE website, &Wikipedia. The site is intended to be an impartial and useful source of information about the Forces Base and surrounding area for members of HM Armed Forces, their families and civilians working on the Base. There should be nothing of a sensitive nature as everything here is readily available on the internet. If you spot anything that is out of date or just plain wrong, please contact us