British Indian Ocean Territory

Territory Profile

British Indian Ocean Territory
(Chagos Islands)

Key Facts

Self Governing From:
Capital City:
Diego Garcia
Total Area Ranking:
Population Size Ranking:
United Kingdom

The Territory


The British Indian Ocean Territory, previously known as the Chagos Islands, comprises a groups of six atolls located in the Indian Ocean, due south of the Maldives. The largest island is Diego Garcia, which is home to a joint military base of the United Kingdom and United States.

The territory of the British Indian Ocean Territory is an archipelago of 55 islands. The terrain is flat and low lying, with few locations exceeding 2 metres above sea level. The total land area is 60 sq km (23 sq miles).

The population of 3,000 (2013 figure) is entirely comprised of US and British military personel and associated contractors. The capital city is Diego Garcia.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in British Indian Ocean Territory History

Further National Information

worldstatesmen: British Indian Ocean Territory
Yahoo British Indian Ocean Territory page
wikipedia: British Indian Ocean Territory


Text to be added on the development of aviation in the British Indian Ocean Territory.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

There is no specific allocation sequence for civil aircraft in the British Indian Ocean Territory. Aircraft retain the British or US registrations allocated to them. Few, if any, civil aircraft are based here for any length of time.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

The defence of the British Indian Ocean Territory is the responsibility of the United Kingdom. The island of Diego Garcia is leased to the United States for use as a military air base.

Central Government Agencies

Government – No VIP aircraft known.

Public Service Aviation

Not applicable – there is no native population
Police Aviation (British Indian Ocean Territory Police) – no aviation unit

Commercial Aviation

There are no commercial airlines based in British Indian Ocean Territory.

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None known.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Diego Garcia Tracking Station

Other airports
Airports in the British Indian Ocean Territory

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Naval Air Facility Diego Garcia has been operational since 1971.

On Show

Aviation Museums

None known.

Airshow Dates

None known.

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None known.

Aviation Bibliography

British Indian Ocean Territory Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

To be added.

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