Saturday, March 8th 2014 - 06:19 UTC

Military personnel in Falkland Islands totals 1.060, says MoD

There are currently 1,060 military personnel stationed in the Falkland Islands, confirmed the Minister of State for the Ministry of Defense Mark Francois on Wednesday, according to a report from the latest edition of the Falklands' Penguin News.

The information was provided by Minister Francois on request from MP Rosindell

 Minister Francois responded to a written question from Andrew Rosindell MP who asked what military personnel were stationed in each of the British Overseas Territories.

Mr Francois said UK Military personnel were stationed in the Falkland Islands (1,060), Ascension Island (20), Gibraltar (400), the British Indian Ocean Territories (40), and the Sovereign base areas in Cyprus (2,825).

He added: “Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. The exact numbers of personnel currently located in each overseas territory may vary from published statistics as personnel either change location or are deployed on operations.

“The other UK overseas territories have no permanent UK military presence.”(PN).

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1 Pete Bog (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 07:13 am Report abuse
1,060 personnel.

Hardly the population-swamping amount Argentina claims.

I predict dancing in the streets of BA as this represents a clear de-militarisation of the South Atlantic
2 Gordo1 (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 07:37 am Report abuse
So where is the enormous garrison that Argentina claims?
3 LEPRecon (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 08:15 am Report abuse
@2 Gordo1

Obviously they're all SBS and disguised as penguins! LOL
4 lsolde (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 10:07 am Report abuse
They forgot to include the three underground submarine pens (which house the nuclear powered & armed subs) oops, prob shouldn't have said that.
“Loose Lips Sink Ships”
or in this case,
Armed Subs sink ships(& landing craft & destroy airfields & power plants & factories) oops! there l go again!
5 Anglotino (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 10:23 am Report abuse
So it takes 1,060 UK servicemen to militarise the ENTIRE South Atlantic.

The UK must be a military hyperpower!
6 ChrisR (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 11:37 am Report abuse
TMBOA has 100,000 “regular” troops at her “command” (WAF joke).

I think this is a little one sided, there are 1,060 BRITISH armed forces on the Falklands. I propose that if the argies ever chance their arm again the Brits have one arm tied behind their backs in the spirit of evening the odds up a bit. HA, HA, HA.

The only way argie troops will be “regular” is if they take laxatives because they are under supported, lowly paid and badly trained because otherwise they would be a REAL threat to TMBOA. And she can’t have that!

No, the reality is that TMBOA doesn’t WANT the Falklands, what else would she be able to bamboozle the illiterate bastards with who vote for her?
7 Conqueror (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 12:06 pm Report abuse
@4 At least you didn't mention where the entrances are. Or the locations of the underground barracks, armouries, tank parks and hangars! Wonder where all that “mothballed” equipment is stored?
@5 You know how good British troops are. In 1982, 30 Commando Brigade and 5 Infantry Brigade, both understrength because of detached units, reached Stanley. 11,313 prisoners.
8 Vestige (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 01:14 pm Report abuse
4 ... and camperdowns too.
9 Livingthedream (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 01:30 pm Report abuse
Who would want to claim or defend a desolate island with a bunch of hillbillies?
10 Britworker (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 03:09 pm Report abuse
Well evidently Argentina for one. However, that comment just highlights your ignorance and stupidity.
11 Joe Bloggs (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 03:26 pm Report abuse
4 Isolde
How many public meetings have we been to where we've been told not to ever mention those pens? I can't believe you've gone and told them. If they find those pens they're bound to stumble onto the ICBM silos.

The UK quite clearly wants to defend our islands; the same islands that are apparently a fundamental part of the Argentine constitution. See how dumb your comment seems? You deadbeat!

Chuckle chuckle
12 yankeeboy (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 04:36 pm Report abuse
100/1 seems like it wouldn't even be a fair fight. No wonder the Rgs are scared.
13 GeoffWard2 (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 05:34 pm Report abuse
for God's sake, don't mention Britain's secret Davenport dockyards;
the South Americans think they are in the North Atlantic!
14 Briton (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 07:12 pm Report abuse
Loose tongues invite unexpected guests,
He did not mention the other islands in the south Atlantic,
So perhaps CFK could pay these a visit and claim her victory,

But she wouldn’t be so stupid would she,
For only those in the know-know the northern tube has been quietly tunnelling south
For the past 12 years,
Bluff, and double bluff,
Make up and manicures, that the game…lol
Just don’t tell the Barbie doll.
15 Clyde15 (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 11:13 pm Report abuse
Who would want to claim or defend a desolate island

KFC, Timmerman , Castro et al.
16 Joe Bloggs (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 11:46 pm Report abuse
Okay, just for some fun. Who am I?

“Give up CFK, the islands are guarded by 1,060 heavily armed highly trained elite troops.”

“Would you believe 500 heavily armed troops?”

“How about two Boy Scout packs?”

“Girl Scouts?”

Chuckle chuckle
17 ilsen (#) Mar 08th, 2014 - 11:57 pm Report abuse
1060 personnel holding a nation of millions at bay.

it brings a lump to my throat and joy to my heart!
18 Conqueror (#) Mar 09th, 2014 - 12:12 am Report abuse
@14 Look, we know that these things shouldn't be mentioned. After East and West Falkland there are 776 other islands. They aren't supposed to be mentioned. Lots of islands in the South Georgia Group and the South Sandwich Islands Group as well. And Joe Bloggs goes and mentions the missile sites! We'll have to hope they think we're winding them up.
19 sussie@usa (#) Mar 09th, 2014 - 12:16 am Report abuse
'missiles sites' can be washed out by Mother Nature rocking these slum islands that are formed and floating like pieces of loose shit!
20 Britninja (#) Mar 09th, 2014 - 06:23 am Report abuse
@19 I think we can add 'geology' to the long long list of subjects which you know absolutely nothing about. Oh, and speaking of shite, get back to scrubbing those toilets - you missed a bit ;)
21 lsolde (#) Mar 09th, 2014 - 06:49 am Report abuse
We only attracted one troll & l think it was the dopiest one.
22 ilsen (#) Mar 09th, 2014 - 08:10 am Report abuse
Well I enjoyed it very much!

Thank you.
23 redp0ll (#) Mar 09th, 2014 - 01:27 pm Report abuse
@21 all that effort just to a get clapped out Sussie between a tricks.
24 Conqueror (#) Mar 09th, 2014 - 02:15 pm Report abuse
@23 But we can drop a “sussie” on argieland, it will splatter and drown everything else!
25 Troy Tempest (#) Mar 09th, 2014 - 04:31 pm Report abuse

Never mind, the submarine pens and underwater tunnel entrances are well guarded by the toothfish with frickin' laser beams strapped to their heads...
26 toooldtodieyoung (#) Mar 09th, 2014 - 04:54 pm Report abuse
Another well thought out and balanced comment there at 19 from Sussie.

I'm sure that all our lives have been immeasurably enriched by that post.

I consider it an honour and a privilege to have witnessed such a thought provoking argument.

I think that we should all thank Sussie for logging on and joining us here on this forum.

Oh what the hell!! Who am I trying to kid?

Go back to your trailer park Sussie, your husband/ brother is calling you to get the meatloaf ready!!
27 redp0ll (#) Mar 09th, 2014 - 05:39 pm Report abuse
Yep we ain't heard much from Suussie lately. She's been researching a new genetic type of South American ostrich (rhea) which has been classified as the Gonna rhea
28 Troy Tempest (#) Mar 09th, 2014 - 06:11 pm Report abuse
16 Joe Bloggs

“Who am I?”

Maxwell Smart aka Don Adams
Agent 86

Sorry about that, Chief
29 Briton (#) Mar 09th, 2014 - 07:37 pm Report abuse
poor Susie,
The only lost silly troll to enter this blog and gets spattered,

still, it spreads a little happiness .
30 Joe Bloggs (#) Mar 09th, 2014 - 08:21 pm Report abuse
28 Troy

Spot on. LOL!

Chief: “Throughout the entire mission Max you'll be facing grave danger from some of the world's most vicious agents. Your life will be at constant risk and you'll be subject to extremely violent attacks”.

Max: (answer from you Troy)
31 Troy Tempest (#) Mar 10th, 2014 - 01:59 am Report abuse
“ ...and, loving it!!”
32 Joe Bloggs (#) Mar 10th, 2014 - 09:33 am Report abuse
33 Troy Tempest (#) Mar 10th, 2014 - 02:13 pm Report abuse
I seem to recall Vito Scotti playing a deranged self-important SA Dictator...
34 sussie@usa (#) Mar 10th, 2014 - 09:15 pm Report abuse
what the bloody rubbish britons are talking about? ...

they get so personal!

by the way i am single, never lived in a trailer park, (don't have living relatives except nephews and nieces ).

Can any of you say when the islanders will buy a ct-scanner?


buy a decent airplane?

You see, no money no class keep the islands in a british ars*!
35 Joe Bloggs (#) Mar 10th, 2014 - 09:40 pm Report abuse
34 sussie

I can't say when the islanders will buy a CT scanner; it's not a priority. Remember that despite your previous assertions, that life without a CT scanner is impossible, we revealed and you deadbeats acknowledged that our life expectancy is higher than that of an Argentine.

What do you mean by a decent airplane. The islander, despite its age, is the most ideal aircraft for what it does. If you mean for international flights then what is wrong with the A320 and A330. Again ideal for the routes our flights involve. If owning an aircraft is all that's important to you that is a dumb outlook. Tell me how many airlines are making a good profit at the moment. Certainly not your national carrier.

Class is relative Sussie and we have more money per capita thanArgentine so where does that leave you? Perhaps class to you is lots of ct-scanners a farmacia on every corner and plastic surgery; who knows.

what bloody rubbish Sussie is talking about?...

Chuckle chuckle
36 toooldtodieyoung (#) Mar 10th, 2014 - 09:49 pm Report abuse
34 sussie@usa

Really Sussie? Come on, you can do better than that!!

Hit me with your best shot!! Come on!!

Or did the fact that your mum and dad were brother and sister limit you in the brains department?

so, to answer your question:-

buy a decent airplane?

They already have, they have four Eurofighter Typhoons, which, just in case you didn't know, is the best strike fighter on the planet at the moment.

Oh by the way? If you wanted to get that last line to Rhyme? it's a*s, not ars* yes??

It should read :-

You see, no money no class
keep the islands in a british as*!

The way that you wrote it, it makes no sense at all

Rubbish sussie @ usa
Never has anything sensible to say

You see? it's easy when you know how
37 sussie@usa (#) Mar 10th, 2014 - 09:56 pm Report abuse
'more money thanArgetnine'...
so in other to have a decent vacation YOU need to fly to Chile and then to the UK..

Why the islands looks so poor?..

...take a look at the islands hotel furniture and windows drapes...wrong colors...very depressing bloody rubbish english decor!
38 Pete Bog (#) Mar 10th, 2014 - 10:06 pm Report abuse

“buy a decent airplane?”

Like the scrapheap challenges in the Argentine National Airline?

What better aircraft than the Islander do the Argentines manufacture?

I've seen Islanders (the aircraft) take off into a 55kt plus headwind, and land in worse conditions which would ground most aircraft-so what's your suggestion to replace it?

And airliners-the Falklands are supplied by up to date airliners operated by Lan Chile and the airlines contracted for the RAF airbridge have to be good.

So I don't see your point about aircraft.

Do all Argentines fear instant death if they are not within 5 minutes travel from a CT scanner?

Are there 40,000,000 CT scanners in Argentina?

“You see, no money no class”

As the average Argentine has less money than the average Falkland Islander their 'class' must be in the minus figures (worse than having none).
39 paulcedron (#) Mar 10th, 2014 - 10:35 pm Report abuse
”As the average Argentine has less money than the average Falkland Islander their 'class' must be in the minus figures (worse than having none).”

and yet the average islander lives in what can be classified as a cabin.
or a tent, if you are a bit more demanding.
40 Joe Bloggs (#) Mar 10th, 2014 - 10:46 pm Report abuse
39 Paul

and yet the average islander lives in what can be classified as a cabin.
or a tent, if you are a bit more demanding.

How so exactly Paul ? Are we back to the wriggly tin roof argument again? Our house has a wriggly tin roof and it also has 4 bedrooms, is fully insulated, double glazed, centrally heated, has two bathrooms and a garage and does not stand out as anything special amongst the average houses in Stanley. It's on one third of an acre and I have to tell you that it has one hell of a bloody (almost finished) retaining wall!

As for you Sussie, well I just feel sorry for you. Bloody rubbish, bloody rubbish, bloody rubbish. Is that all you can say you deadbeat?
41 ilsen (#) Mar 10th, 2014 - 10:58 pm Report abuse
Hurrah for Joe Bloggs.

God Bless you Sir!
42 sussie@usa (#) Mar 11th, 2014 - 12:21 am Report abuse

You know very well that they are billonaires residing in Bs.As.: some are argentinians and some are like Ted Turner spending some time in his home in Bariloche!

i am wondering why Ted Turner don't buy property in such islands..???

43 Joe Bloggs (#) Mar 11th, 2014 - 01:05 am Report abuse
...and for every billionaire living in BA there are 100 not-so-well-off people living in shanty town slums in BA. Here in Stanley we have no billionaires that I know of and no down and out homeless people. Just a pretty above average comfortably well off community. Despite the best efforts of your government.

...and sorry Sussie but who is Ted Turner?
44 paulcedron (#) Mar 11th, 2014 - 02:42 am Report abuse
there are many villages here with a population from 1000 to 20000 inhabitants, where there are no shanty towns, there are no poor, no immigrants, etc.
everything is pretty homogeneous.

now, when you are talking about a big city, the situation is a lot more complex.
there are internal migration, migration from neighbouring countries, different social classes, different neighborhoods, etc.

anyway, guess you don´t know too much about city life, try to travel a bit more.
and maybe you´ll find out who´s ted turner.
45 Troy Tempest (#) Mar 11th, 2014 - 04:12 am Report abuse

I'm confused. Why is Paul Cedron answering you as if he were Sussie??

They appear so much alike, regardless of user ID,
I think you've just revealed them to be the same person...
46 Joe Bloggs (#) Mar 11th, 2014 - 10:20 am Report abuse
Sorry Paul but you didn't answer my question in post 40.

As for your comments at 44. I'm not sure what you're trying to get at and I'm not sure we even disagree. Sussie was boasting that billionaires live in BA like some sort of a trophy. I was simply pointing out that large cities generally have representation from all levels of wealth residing in them. Show me a city the size of BA that doesn't have billionaires.

I've travelled a fair bit. It's all relative but I would say I've travelled far more than the average person; having lived in 4 different countries and having visited every continent on the globe. I shan't say more than that because next I'll be accused of bragging.

Troy, I don't think Paul is Sussie but anything is possible. I think we should have all further discussions under the cone of silence.
47 Troy Tempest (#) Mar 11th, 2014 - 02:28 pm Report abuse
I don't think so, either - just wanted to point out how similarly inane they both are!

Paul has sunken to the lowest tier of troll numbskulls .

I'll have Agent Conq. eliminate him.
48 paulcedron (#) Mar 11th, 2014 - 02:36 pm Report abuse
“ I was simply pointing out that large cities generally have representation from all levels of wealth residing in them”
49 Pete Bog (#) Mar 11th, 2014 - 04:28 pm Report abuse

So why, because a house has a tin roof and wooden walls IRRESPECTIVE of the value of its contents inside, is that important?

I live in a farmhouse that would beat most Argentine houses and looks very impressive from the outside-brick built, large, Staffordshire tiles on the roof, yet the interior is no doubt not as full as valuable items , furniture etc as Joe Bloggs has in his house.

Does that mean I live in a shanty because the interior isn't much to look at, or does the fact matter that if I put it on the market with the farmland surrounding it I would have no end of people beating down my door to pay a lot of money to buy it, because the outside looks good?
50 paulcedron (#) Mar 11th, 2014 - 05:30 pm Report abuse
don't be so sensitive.
it was just to graph what generalizations mean.

many ignorants here say that buenos aires is like a big shanty town, when it is not.
pagando con la misma moneda, anyone can say that all the houses in puerto stanley are like cabins or any kind of precarious housing.

so it was just a bit of rant against those imbeciles.

tin roofs and wooden walls can be a great solution, not only functionally, but also aesthetically.
51 toooldtodieyoung (#) Mar 11th, 2014 - 10:40 pm Report abuse
46 Joe Bloggs

“Troy, I don't think Paul is Sussie but anything is possible”

That's true, why, any second now, Paul might grow a pair of breasts and run away from home to marry his brother.................
52 Hepatia (#) Mar 12th, 2014 - 03:40 pm Report abuse
The civilian population of the Malvinas is, as I understand it, current around 3,000. With around 1,000 military personel that would mean that one in four of the total population is in the military. This ratio is much higher than that which existed in the UK during WWII.

But, in any case, it is irrelevant because this ratio will in no way delay the return of the Malvinas which is going to occur within the next 25 years.
53 Clyde15 (#) Mar 12th, 2014 - 06:13 pm Report abuse
There has to be an optimum force to defend the islands REGARDLESS of the size of the population.

I really get fed up with latinos/hispanics misuse of the English language.
The word “return” implies giving back to the owner.

I was chastising D.Berger for being a troll grade 3 who parrots the same tripe time and again...I see you are his equal.
The only legal owner of the islands is?????........not Argentina but the people who have lived there for generations

Still on the “25 years kick”? You said that last year so, to be consistently wrong you should say 24 years
54 Leiard (#) Mar 12th, 2014 - 08:19 pm Report abuse
52 Hepatia

You must mean 23 years because in 2012 you told us it was going to be 25 years.
55 ChrisR (#) Mar 12th, 2014 - 08:33 pm Report abuse
The stupid old cow will always say 25 years to the day she dies because she can never be wrong then - BECAUSE THEY STILL WON'T HAVE THEM - kaboom!
56 puerto argentino (#) Mar 13th, 2014 - 03:22 am Report abuse
UK Military personnel were stationed in the Malvinas Islands (1,060)???...... It is not true, at the moment there are 750 not more!!
57 Troy Tempest (#) Mar 13th, 2014 - 05:45 am Report abuse
Were you just counting them ?
58 ilsen (#) Mar 13th, 2014 - 09:38 pm Report abuse
@52 Hepatitis.

Please provide factual information as to why the Falkland Islands will be “returned” in 25 years.
What are your sources?
Can you substantiate this premise?
If so, how?

I am waiting with baited breath, please enlighten me.

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