Joint Communications Unit (Falkland Islands)

#1
Anyone worked there as part of that team....?

Possible job come up and wanted some feedback if possible....

PM if you'd like?

Cheers

BB
 
#4
Did my 'duty 4 month tour' there a few years ago..

Blimey! Now I really think about it , delete a few, insert over 20 - where has all that time gone???

Had a great time while I was there - definitely a highlight tour for me. The only downside was that I went in April so managed to fit in 3 winters in one year!

No doubt it has all changed now and there will be a Mac D on site and the Islanders will all be driving in brand new LR's...

I have to say, the best job was in the roving team (FITS). The Systems guys seemed to be tied to MPA and rarely got out. We (FITS) got all over the place - great walking and amazing views, not to mention the aura and obvious history of the place.

Oh yes, and you get snow :wink:
 
#6
you'll either come back fit as a butchers or a jakey do the math's. :lol:
 
#9
I'm currently on my second tour of the Falkland Islands (as part of JCUFI)and abolutley love it here. JCUFI is one the most integral and professional units on the Islands, and has a 'Work Hard, Play Hard' mentallity. Depending on what section you will be working will obviously affect what you'll be getting up to down here. See PM.
 
#10
I was part of Radcon in '91, in the main det looking after Campito, Adam and South Georgia (amongst others). One of the best postings i ever had.
 
#12
I'd say it depends on what section your with and what job your doing. I did a 6 mther recently, (Got back in Jan)., It's a good crack and not meaning to be Mr Cliche" it is what you make of it. There's plenty to do providing you get of your arrse. JCUFI is definitely work hard play hard, just don't burn the candle at both ends.....too much.
 
#13
Two tours, plus an ex whilst at 30 Sigs. WINDY.

First tour was 5 months on South Georgia when it was still 266 Sig Sqn, so guess that doesn't count as FI.

Went back when JCUFI had just been formed and command moved to MPA, so the Radio Hut was all shiney and new. Shifts could be a little boring, but I guess everything has changed now.

As previous post says, you can either get fit, or stay pissed as a newt!! Guess it's up to you. Lovely place though in terms of scenery and wildlife -our troopy organised a minjo to Sea Lion Island, which was stunning.
 
#15
Long time ago 1987 weather v changeable got frost nip and sunburn in one day. Walk down to Rookery bay saw penguins a day at sea lion island , 5 year anniversary of war . Bit of a tadoo from argies at the time , was smart and got rations from army navy and raf .. A walk down to refrigeration plant is a must, but emotional when sent personal stuff from relatives so just put their messages to their dead into the rocks surrounding the cross at top.
 
#16
In 87 we had no comforts , but when resupply by hand .. Hundreds of jerry cans to pack and unpack from heli drop and water run every Friday weather depending .. No booze and work was boring but ok post code was 666
 
#17
Back in the days before MPA, just travelling to FI was a tour of its own. 2- 3 weeks by boat after a cosy 12 hour flight to Ascension, care of the RAF on a backward facing seat arrangement of the VC10. Then 4 months living on-board a 'coastel' with all the fun and laughs of a kidney infection. Turned many a young professional soldier to a jakey drinker living in those snug, 3 high stacked bunk beds. Very limited mid 80's VHS porn and Tennants Lager (2 can rule), the ones with the pictures of dolly burds on were the only source of light relief.
Don't even get me started on the 12 hour stag for 14 days straight on pad bash in the galley, relentlessly scraping welded on beans off the bottom of super sized dixies. Some 'just too tough for @JAD' pans got launched out of the portholes (when the master chip wasn't looking) and into the ogin for the Regimental Diving Team to recover at their leisure. Still,I got really well fed but added to my growing drink habit, mixing with subterranean, pasty faced, skinny runt looking, dentally challenged, chain smoking, licorice roll-up tamping chefs, who never saw the light of day from one month to the next. Anyone else who is of a certain vintage and has done BFPO 666, wishing to concur?
I don't even know why I was posted out there, as I never did anything trade related but can remember that my Tp. Staffy personally drove me to the airhead and stayed 'til I boarded the flight, so It must have been important to the war effort!!
 
#18
Back in the days before MPA, just travelling to FI was a tour of its own. 2- 3 weeks by boat after a cosy 12 hour flight to Ascension, care of the RAF on a backward facing seat arrangement of the VC10. Then 4 months living on-board a 'coastel' with all the fun and laughs of a kidney infection. Turned many a young professional soldier to a jakey drinker living in those snug, 3 high stacked bunk beds. Very limited mid 80's VHS porn and Tennants Lager (2 can rule), the ones with the pictures of dolly burds on were the only source of light relief.
Don't even get me started on the 12 hour stag for 14 days straight on pad bash in the galley, relentlessly scraping welded on beans off the bottom of super sized dixies. Some 'just too tough for @JAD' pans got launched out of the portholes (when the master chip wasn't looking) and into the ogin for the Regimental Diving Team to recover at their leisure. Still,I got really well fed but added to my growing drink habit, mixing with subterranean, pasty faced, skinny runt looking, dentally challenged, chain smoking, licorice roll-up tamping chefs, who never saw the light of day from one month to the next. Anyone else who is of a certain vintage and has done BFPO 666, wishing to concur?
I don't even know why I was posted out there, as I never did anything trade related but can remember that my Tp. Staffy personally drove me to the airhead and stayed 'til I boarded the flight, so It must have been important to the war effort!!
Sounds very similar to my tour except I also had a 13 hour Herky airbridge on the way down with 10 days on Uganda on the way back.
 

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