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The Atlantic Patrol (South) is the standing naval commitment to provide a Frigate or Destroyer and an RFA support vessel to the South Atlantic and West African regions. Additionally, the Falkland Islands Patrol ship, normally a Castle class vessel, is permanently stationed in the region. HMS Endurance is also involved for half the year as the Ice Patrol Ship off Antarctica.

The Atlantic Patrol Task (South) [APT(S)] ship provides a maritime presence to protect the UK’s interests in the region. It is a reassurance to UK Overseas Territories, Commonwealth countries and other friendly nations, and acts as a deterrent to potential aggressors who may wish to threaten UK nationals, territory or interests.

The Task Group is responsible for maintaining British sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, including South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. It is supplemented, on occasion, by a nuclear attack submarine. A Destroyer or Frigate is present in the Falkland Islands area for the majority of the year - including throughout the southern winter - and is at a maximum of 14 days notice from the Islands for the rest of the year.

To read more about the british forces south Atlantic use link below

 British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI)


A weekly update of ships deployed to the South Atlantic can be found on the Fleet Deployments page.