The permanent military presence on the PJOBs contributes to the physical defence and maintenance of sovereignty of the UK overseas territories as well as contributing to the delivery of wider UK Government policy. In some of the PJOBs, administration functions are delivered directly in support of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, but in all aspects, our presence reassures the local populace of our enduring commitment and provides a visible deterrent to any external threats.
The Joint Commands and Overseas Support (JCOS) team, based in Northwood, provides 4* command, direction and assurance to the PJOBs of British Forces Cyprus, British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Forces Gibraltar and the British Indian Ocean Territory on behalf of Commander JFC.
Contact details in Northwood:
Joint Forces Command,
British Forces Cyprus
HQ British Forces Cyprus
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British Forces Cyprus are predominantly located in the garrisons of Episkopi, Akrotiri and Dhekelia as a visible demonstration of the United Kingdom’s commitment and sovereignty over the Sovereign Base Areas. The administration of the Sovereign Base Areas is managed by a separate civil organisation, the Sovereign Base Area Administration, but also comes under the direction of Commander British Forces in his dual role as Administrator.
British Forces Gibraltar
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British Forces Gibraltar are located in a variety of locations throughout Gibraltar as a visible demonstration of the United Kingdom’s sovereignty of Gibraltar with strong historical ties. Significant military activities include the management and operation of Gibraltar’s only airfield, the military port and command of the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron and the Royal Gibraltar Regiment.
PJOB British Forces South Atlantic Islands
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British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) are based at Mount Pleasant Airfield, and various remote stations, as a visible demonstration of the United Kingdom’s sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. In addition they maintain a periodic presence in South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. They also control and direct the limited number of service personnel permanently stationed on Ascension Island to operate Wideawake Airfield.
British Forces British Indian Ocean Territories
HQ British Forces
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The very limited number of British military personnel located in the British Indian Ocean Territory are based exclusively on the island of Diego Garcia. Apart from providing a visible demonstration of United Kingdom sovereignty they conduct, on the behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a number of civil functions ranging from policing to customs and excise.