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The primary role of the FIDF is to support British Forces South Atlantic Islands in their role of deterrence and defence.

Secondary roles include:

  • Armed fisheries protection (in partnership with the Falkland Island Government Fisheries Department)
  • Mountain Rescue (including support to the RAF Search and Rescue teams)
  • Rugged terrain search and rescue (in partnership with the Royal Falkland Islands Police)
  • Administration of the maintenance of minefield fences throughout the Falkland Islands
  • Support to other agencies in times of emergency or disaster