The Station

Mount Pleasant Complex was opened in 1985 to establish a fighter and transport presence in the Islands.

Currently based at Mount Pleasant are No 1435 Flight with 4 Typhoon FGR4, No 1312 Flight, with a Voyager tanker and an Atlas C1 (A400M).

RAF personnel also support a wide range of roles on the ground; from radar operators to weapons technicians in support of the Typhoons.


Brigadier Dan Duff (late QDG)

Brigadier Dan Duff read Law and Economics at Durham University and commissioned into 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (QDG) in 1997. His early operational experience included Northern Ireland, Kosovo and as part of the reconnaissance force for the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

He spent the next decade accumulating operational experience in Africa, Middle & Near East and Asia. After graduating from the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) he returned to Afghanistan as the Deputy Commander of a Task Force. He assumed command of QDG in 2015.

Next, a short year teaching on the ACSC staff preceded Principal Staff Officer to Commander UK Strategic Command. He is a Member of the Royal College of Defence Studies (2020/21). He served as the Commander of British Forces in Mali from August 2021 to June 2022.

After completing the Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC) in early 2023, Brig Duff assumed command of British Forces South Atlantic Islands in May 2023.

Who's based here


Key dates

1985   Opened by Prince Andrew

2009   1435 Flight equipped with Typhoon FGR4

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