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Chief of Staff
The Chief of Staff (COS) is the principal personnel officer for the Joint Forces Command (JFC), and provides command oversight of the UK’s Permanent Joint Operating Bases (PJOBs).
The COS and JFC provide 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.
Permanent Joint Operating Bases
The permanent military presence on the PJOBs contributes to the physical defence and maintenance of sovereignty of the UK overseas territories, as well as the delivery of UK government policy. The UK military presence reassures the local populace of our enduring commitment and provides a visible deterrent to any external threats.
In some of the PJOBs, we also deliver administration functions in support of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Joint Forces Command
British Forces Cyprus
British Forces Cyprus are 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 of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in Cyprus. 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 Cyprus in their dual role as Administrator.
HQ British Forces Cyprus
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British Forces Gibraltar
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.
HQ British Forces Gibraltar
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British Forces South Atlantic Islands
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. They also maintain a periodic presence in South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. BFSAI control and direct the limited number of service personnel permanently stationed on Ascension Island to operate Wideawake Airfield.
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British Forces British Indian Ocean Territories
The limited numbers 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.
HQ British Forces
British Indian Ocean Territory
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