RAF Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, East Falkland

Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas


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4.6341 Pleasant Peak, East Falkland
8.9176 Mare Harbour, East Falkland
27.0043 Estancia House, East Falkland
28.3054 Mount Kent, East Falkland
32.0112 South Atlantic (GL),
34.1282 nr Camilla Creek House, East Falkland

1984 to present

51° 49' 19'' S - 58° 26' 46'' W
25nm WSW of Stanley
Elevation: 233 feet

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.
The RAF moved from Port Stanley and the flying element of the base hosts the Tornado F.3s of 1435 Flight the transport and tanker aircraft of 1312 Flight, together with 78 Squadron's heavy lift Chinook HC.2s and the Combat SAR and Utility Sea King HAR.3s.

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List of units at RAF Mount Pleasant

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
2007/16UK 1564 FltSea King 2007/16
1986/07UK 78 SquadronMerlin HC.3 2007/14
414 - H-47D Chinook 1995/06
Sea King 1986/07
CH-47C Chinook 1986/95
1986/98UK Bristow (Falklands)S-61 H-3 1983/98
1983/86UK 1564 FltSea King 1983/86

RAF Mount Pleasant News

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.

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