A ROYAL Air Force A400M Atlas C1 has replaced the C-130J Hercules C5 previously operated by 1312 Flight in the Falkland Islands. The Atlas, ZM415, left its base at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, using callsign ‘RRR4600’, at 1145hrs on March 25. It touched down at Mount Pleasant Complex on the afternoon of March 27.
After 36 years of support to British Forces South Atlantic Islands, the final 1312 Flight Hercules tasked with the role, ZH888, departed from Mount Pleasant for the last time on April 3 for the 20-hour flight home via a fuel stop on Ascension Island. It arrived back at Brize Norton on April 5. The A400M has now officially taken over the tactical airlift, maritime reconnaissance, search and rescue and humanitarian assistance roles at Mount Pleasant.