Two Royal Air Force police raising the ensign


Station Name: RAF Akrotiri

Location: Cyprus

Postcode: BFPO 57

Station overview

The Sovereign Base Area (SBA) of South-Eastern Cyprus includes RAF Akrotiri, which was first opened in 1956. Today the station's main operational focus is support to operations in Afghanistan. Akrotiri acts as a gateway to operations with both personnel and equipment moving through the station to and from theatre. The RAF also use the station as a temporary operating base for aircraft carrying out Armament Practice Camps. The RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, also use the station every year for their display work up. Permanently based at RAF Akrotiri is No 84 Squadron who perform Search and Rescue duties as well as a support role for the UN peacekeeping forces on the island with Griffin helicopters.

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RAF Akrotiri Station Crest

Station Name: RAF Ascension Island

Location: Ascension Island, South Atlantic

Postcode: BFPO 677

Station overview

Situated approximately in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and over 700 miles from its nearest neighbour, Ascension Island was used extensively as a staging base during the Falklands War. This is still the major role for the Station, which it performs for both the RAF and the USAF. Regular flights from RAF Brize Norton link the island to the UK, as does the six-weekly arrival of the MOD cargo and resupply vessels.

RAF Ascension Island Station Crest

Station Name: RAF Gibraltar

Location: HQBF, Gibraltar

Postcode: BFPO 52

Station overview

The RAF station at Gibraltar forms part of Headquarters British Forces Gibraltar. Although aircraft are no longer stationed on 'The Rock', a variety of RAF aircraft make regular visits and is still manned by RAF personnel.

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RAF Gibraltar Station Crest

Station Name: RAF Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands

Location: Falkland Islands South Atlantic

Postcode: BFPO 655

Station overview

The most recent purpose-built airfield in the RAF, Mount Pleasant was opened in 1984 to establish a fighter and transport presence in the Islands following the Falklands War. Currently based at Mount Pleasant are No 1435 Flight with 4 Typhoon FGR4, No 1312 Flight, with a single VC10 tanker and 1 Hercules C1, as well as No 78 Squadron with Chinook and Sea King helicopters. Ground units include No 7, 303 and 751 Signals Units and a Rapier detachment from the RAF Regiment.

RAF Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands Station Crest

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