THE STATION

Ascension Island Base sits under the UK STRATCOM Chain of Command and is in the South Atlantic Ocean, near the equator, strategically positioned approximately 4,000 miles from both the UK and the Falkland Islands.

The role of the Station is to deter military aggression against the UK’s South Atlantic Overseas Territories in order to maintain UK sovereignty.

It serves as a staging post for flights between the UK and the Falklands with an approximate flight time of 8 hours. 

With a runway length of 10,019ft the airfield has the capability to support all types of aircraft. The airfield (called Wideawake Auxiliary Airfield by the US) is jointly operated and managed by US and UK authorities.

The Station also supports regular flights between America and Africa.

Commander

Wing Commander Ian Blake MSc RAF

Wing Commander Blake was commissioned as an Air Operations Officer in July 1988.  After completion of aircraft controller training, he undertook various operational postings and detachments before being selected to undertake flying duties on the E-3D Sentry AEW Mk1 aircraft.  While undertaking flying duties, he accumulated over 2000 hours of flying experience.   

Blake has undertaken a range of staff appointments, including experience in test and evaluation, capability management, aviation safety and acquisition.  On the international front, Blake has been employed in a NATO Combined Air Operations Centre and has operated as the Chief of Staff responsible for coordinating UK staff effort within a US Strategic HQ's.

Blake has gained experience and industry standard qualification at both project programme level in a variety of roles and has gained civilian qualification in change management.  In addition, he gained an MSc in Project and Programme Management with Cranfield University in 2019.

ADDRESS

RAF Ascension Island Base, BFPO 677.