The RAF provides key elements of the forces that Headquarters British Forces South Atlantic Islands use to ensure the security of the Falklands, the South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia.
British Forces South Atlantic Islands
This protection is not only through the airbridge from Brize Norton to Ascension and onwards to the Falkland Islands, but also through deterrence patrols across the immense area between the islands. The RAF also provides Search and Rescue (SAR) support to the islands and across the fisheries conservation zone, whilst a Hercules can be switched from providing air transport including the ability to parachute supply drops to remote and isolated communities in an emergency, to assisting in Search and Rescue or medical evacuation.
A flight of Typhoon Air Defence fighters operate from Mount Pleasant Airfield to watch over the islands and guard them from the air.
RAF personnel also support and direct in a wide range of roles on the ground; from fighter controllers to the Explosive Ordinance Disposal team who monitor and where necessary dispose of landmines left over from the conflict.
Further information can be on the following British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) page.
Forces are based in the Falklands to demonstrate the government’s continued commitment to the security of UK overseas territories in the South Atlantic.