What is F.I.R.I.C?

F.I.R.I.C. stands for Falkland Islands Roulement Infantry Company.

Infantry battalions take turns providing a company for an approximately four month tour of the Falkland Islands.

The military defence of the Falkland Islands is provided by the United Kingdom.

A British military garrison is stationed on the islands, and the Falkland Islands government funds an additional company-sized light infantry Falkland Islands Defence Force.

British Forces are known as the British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI), formerly British Forces Falkland Islands (BFFI), which includes commitments from the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. They are headed by the Commander of the British Forces South Atlantic Islands (CBFSAI), an OF-6 level officer.

The territorial waters of the Falklands extend to 200 nautical miles (370 km) from its coastal baselines, based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; this border overlaps with the maritime boundary of Argentina.

Reference

FOI 2019/02397 dated 29 March 2019.

MOD (Ministry of Defence). (2011) Falkland Islands Still Going Strong. Available from World Wide Web: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/falklands-garrison-still-going-strong. [Accessed: 31 May, 2019].

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