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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.
Further National Information
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.
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
There are no commercial airlines based in British Indian Ocean Territory.
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Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Diego Garcia Tracking Station
Airports in the British Indian Ocean Territory
Military Air Bases & Airfields
Naval Air Facility Diego Garcia has been operational since 1971.
British Indian Ocean Territory Aviation Bibliography – to be added
To be added.