Satellite and aerial maps of RAF Mount Pleasant with nearby locations
|4.6||341||Pleasant Peak, East Falkland|
|8.9||176||Mare Harbour, East Falkland|
|27.0||043||Estancia House, East Falkland|
|28.3||054||Mount Kent, East Falkland|
|32.0||112||South Atlantic (GL),|
|34.1||282||nr Camilla Creek House, East Falkland|
History of this Location
RAF Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands is a purpose-built airfield for the RAF. During the 1982 war, Port Stanley airport (SFAL) was damaged and subsequently repaired. The RAF had used a small base at Port Stanley, but following a British government review of the Islands' defences, it was clear that a larger base was needed.
A site on East Falkand south of Pleasant Peak, on the road between Darwin and Fitzroy, 30 miles WSW of Port Stanley was chosen. After intensive work by contractors, the first aircraft landed in 1984 and on its completion in 1985, RAF Mount Pleasant was opened by His Royal Highness, the Duke of York.
List of units at RAF Mount Pleasant
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|Years||Rotary Wing Aircraft Unit||bold : Current Model|
normal: Unit no longer at this base
|2007/16||1564 Flt||Sea King 2007/16 |
|1986/07||78 Squadron||Merlin HC.3 2007/14 |
414 - H-47D Chinook 1995/06
Sea King 1986/07
CH-47C Chinook 1986/95
|1986/98||Bristow (Falklands)||S-61 H-3 1983/98 |
|1983/86||1564 Flt||Sea King 1983/86 |
RAF Mount Pleasant News
BIH / HeliSpeed Extends Contract for Falklands AW189, 14-Jul-21 : #SouthAtlantic British International Helicopters (BIH) in 5-year extension partnership with HeliSpeed for the search and rescue (SAR) MoD contract in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
AW189 Starts SAR for UK MoD in South Atlantic, 01-Apr-16 : AW189 and S-61N from AAR, BIH and Air Rescue Systems (ARS) commenced Search and Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter (SH) services to the British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) operations.