Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel

The South Atlantic Patrol is the Royal Navy’s standing commitment to the Falkland Islands. Its aim is twofold: to maintain a sovereign presence around the disputed island chain, and to provide security and reassurance to its residents.


Why do we do it?

The overriding aim of the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel is to protect British interests in the Falkland Islands and other South Atlantic Overseas Territories.

That means our job is to safeguard not only the islands and their residents, but also Britain’s access to local natural resources, such as gas and oil.

Despite a decisive referendum result in favour of British rule, the Falkland Islands are still subject to competing sovereignty claims from the United Kingdom and Argentina. The Royal Navy’s constant presence in the region serves as a potent reminder of the island chain’s status a British Overseas Territory.