The Station

Ascension Island Base sits under the UK STRATCOM Chain of Command and is positioned approximately 4,000 miles from the UK and the Falkland Islands.

The role of the Station is to deter military aggression against the UK’s South Atlantic Overseas Territories to maintain UK sovereignty. It is a staging post for flights between the UK and the Falklands.


Wing Commander Kim Surman RAF

Wing Commander Surman took up command of Ascension Island Base in September 2022. Prior to this she completed staff roles at NATO Air Command, most recently she was COS to the 2* Air Commander during the Ukrainian crisis.

Kim was commissioned in 2001 and is an Air Operations (Systems) Officer whose service has principally been in the Fast Jet and Air Mobility environment, during this time she has deployed multiple times to Bosnia, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.


RAF Ascension Island Base, BFPO 677.