Port Stanley

Stanley, East Falkland

Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas

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4.7272 Navy Point, East Falkland
5.6253 Murray Heights, East Falkland
23.2273 Mount Kent, East Falkland
27.8278 Estancia House, East Falkland
31.9210 South Atlantic (GL),
48.4251EGYP RAF Mount Pleasant, East Falkland

1977 to present

51° 41' 8'' S - 57° 46' 40'' W
On peninsula, 2 nm NE of Port Stanley
Elevation: 81 feet

History of this Location

As Port Stanley airport, this was the main air link with the South American continent through scheduled services, replacing the Hookers Point airstrip from Dec 1977. It was officially opened on 1 May 1979. Ironically, given later events, some of Port Stanley airports facilities were improved through Argentine Government investment including an upgraded runway and radio navigation aids for flights between the mainland and the islands.
After the 1982 war ended, runways were repaired by 24 Jun 1982 and lengthened and the base opened as RAF Stanley in Oct 1982. It remained a permanent RAF base until the purpose built RAF Mount Pleasant to the west, came on stream in 1985.
Port Stanley is known as Puerto Argentino by Argentina

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List of units at Port Stanley

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1986UK 78 SquadronSea King 1986/07
CH-47C Chinook 1986/95
1983/    UK Bristow (Falklands)S-61 H-3 1983/98
1982UK 847NASWessex 1982
1982UK 845 NASWessex 1966/86
1982UK 846 NASSea King HC.4 1979/13
1982AR BHelicAsal601CH-47C Chinook 1979/82
SA330L Puma 1978/96
212 1976/   
205 1970/   
1982AR EscAvExplAtq602A109a 1979/11
205 1979/   
1982/87UK 656 SquadronLynx 1985/04
SA341B Gazelle AH.1 1975/05

Port Stanley News

Bristow New Hangar at Stanley Airport, 15-Oct-15 : Bristow added a new hangar and modular offices at Stanley Airport in the Falkland Islands capable to house three Sikorsky S-92 helicopters.

AAR 10-year SAR contract in Falklands/Malvinas, 19-Jan-15 : AAR Corp and BIH gets 10-year UK Ministry of Defence Search and Rescue and Support contract for the Falkland/Malvinas Islands with AW189 and S-61 helicopters from April 2016 valued $275 million

List of aircraft and events at Port Stanley

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1982 AR Aviacion de Ejercito ArgentinoA109aAE-334
1982 AR Aviacion de Ejercito ArgentinoCH-47C ChinookAE-520
1982 AR Aviacion de Ejercito ArgentinoUH-1H IroquoisAE-413
1982-may AR Aviacion de Ejercito ArgentinoA109aAE-331
1982-may AR Fuerza Aerea ArgentinaCH-47C ChinookH-91
1982-may AR Prefectura Naval ArgentinaSA330L PumaPA-12
1982-may AR Aviacion de Ejercito ArgentinoUH-1H IroquoisAE-409
1982-aug UK Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3ZA105
1983-jul-03 Lynx HAS2XZ233 / 334
1985-jul-01 Sea King HAR.3XZ591 / S
1985-sep-01 Sea King HAR.3XZ592 / S
1985-sep-01 Sea King HAR.3ZA105 / S-D
1985-sep-24 S-61N Mk.IIG-BBHM
1985-oct-01 CH-47C ChinookZA684 / BB
2012 KY CHC Cayman IslandsAS332L2 Super PumaVP-CHC
2012-nov KY CHC Cayman IslandsAS332L2 Super PumaVP-CHB
2012-nov UK British International HelicoptersS-61N Mk.IIG-ATFM
2013-jan KY CHC Cayman IslandsS-76CVP-CHD
2013-dec-06 2013-dec-09 UK Royal NavyType 23 Duke classF239 HMS Richmond
2015-feb UK BristowS-92AG-CIGZ
2015-feb-16 UK BristowS-92AG-CIHP
2015-feb-16 UK BristowS-92AG-IACG

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