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Defend the Right
The most recent purpose-built airfield in the RAF, Mount Pleasant was opened in 1985 to establish a fighter and transport presence in the Islands. 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. Not only through the air bridge from RAF Brize Norton to Ascension Island and onwards to the Falkland Islands, but also through deterrence patrols across the immense area between the islands.
Currently based at Mount Pleasant are No 1435 Flight with 4 Typhoon FGR4, No 1312 Flight, with a single Voyager tanker and a Hercules C1 and No 1310 Flight operating the Chinook helicopter. RAF personnel also support a wide range of roles on the ground; from radar operators to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, who monitor and where necessary dispose of landmines left over from the conflict, and a Rapier detachment from the Royal Artillery.
Mount Pleasant FIQQ 1ZZ, Falkland Islands
Flies the Typhoon FGR4 and provides air defence to the Islands. The flight's history dates back to the battle of Malta in 1942 and has been posted continuously in the Falklands since 1988.
Operates Chinook helicopters from RAF Mount Pleasant. It has been active at various points since 1944 in the transport role, such as in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The Flight often finds itself delivering supplies to the outlying population as much as it supports the British Army and RAF commitments across the region.
Providing air-to-air refuelling, air transport, search and rescue and maritime patrol. After having been active in the 1940s and 1950s, it was reformed in 1983 at RAF Stanley and relocated to RAF Mount Pleasant. Flying Voyager and Hercules aircraft.
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