Air Defence F4 Phantom Operations from Port Stanley, Falkland Islands in 1986

A talk by Wing Commander Steve Chaskin, OC 611 Sqn RAuxAF

Soon after the capture of Port Stanley airfield in 1982 RAF F4 Phantom fighter aircraft where deployed to provide the air defence capability over the Falkland Island and to police the 200nm air exclusion zone.

Phantom operations continued at Port Stanley until 1986 when RAF Mount Pleasant opened and military air operations moved to that location.  The presentation will provide an overview of operating Phantom fighters from Port Stanley and include pictures/video taken in 1986.

Wing Commander Steve Chaskin joined the RAF in 1980 and trained as a Navigator at RAF Finningley. Qualifying in 1983 he joined the Air Defence community flying F4 Phantom aircraft; following tours with 43(F) Sqn at RAF Leuchars, Fife and 23(F) Sqn in the Falkland Islands he was posted to 19(F) Sqn RAF Wildenrath. In 1989 he was posted as an instructor to the newly formed Tornado F3 Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) at RAF Coningsby.

Having completed his tour with the OCU he joined 25(F) Sqn, at RAF Leeming, as the Executive Officer in 1998. During his time with 25(F) Sqn he led the Sqn on a number of operational detachments to the Middle East in support of Op Southern Watch, policing the no fly zone over Iraq.

Post his flying career, he completed staff tours in the Air Warfare Centre (working as part of a team developing countermeasures to man-portable heat seeking missiles) and 2 Group as the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability manager (key responsibility to introduce the Sentinel reconnaissance aircraft into service as part of the ASTOR battlefield surveillance system).

Before leaving the RAF in 2016 his final project was to introduce the RC-135W Rivet Joint, associated ground systems and infrastructure into operational service. Upon retiring Chaskin was selected to transfer to the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and took up post as the Officer Commanding 611 (West Lancashire) Sqn RAuxAF on 4 Apr 16 at RAF Woodvale.

In this talk, you will have the opportunity to ask Wing Commander Chaskin any questions.

Free for members. £5 for public.
Drop-ins only. No booking required. Pay on the door.

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