Island Command Faroes

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Island Command Faroes (ISCOMFAROES) was the military unit on the Faroe Islands. It was the military command of the Faroe Islands, the Faroe Islands airspace and the Faroe Islands territorial waters. It supported the local government with military advice as well as search and rescue capabilities. Island Command Faroes was amalgamated with Island Command Greenland to a Joint Arctic Command on 31 October 2012.[1]

Faroes Marine District was established on 5 September 1951 in Tórshavn.

On 1 June 1961 changed the district name to the Faroe Islands Command, and the same date was Marine Station Thorshavn created as authority.

In 1963, Marine Station at Hoyvíksvegur 58 was built and became the new home of the Faroe Islands Command, which until 1979 consisted of command authority (Faroe Command), Marine Station and Naval Radio Tórshavn. From amalgamation in 1979 until the establishment of the Arctic Command on 31 October 2012, the Faroe Islands Command was the joint authority name.

On 1 January 2001 established the new Level II authority, which was called the Faroe Islands Command.

On 2 July 2002 there was a ceremony where the Dannebrog (Danish Flag) was hauled down for the last time at the Marine Station in Tórshavn. The key to the buildings was then handed over to Tórshavn mayor. The final relocation was reality and Mjørkadalur the new home of the Faroe Islands Command.

In 2005 the Danish government decided that all activities on Sornfelli should be shut down on 15 November 2010.[2]

The NATO radar installations which were established in 1963 in Mjørkadalur on the mountain Sornfelli in 749 meters above sea level, were a step in the defense of the Arctic Circle. The radar installation was stopped at a small ceremony on 1 January 2007 after more than 40 years.

It is allowed for civilians to travel on the mountain road up to the radar facility, which offers a panoramic view of the Faroes.

Since 10 February 2011 a part of the main building in Mjørkadalur has been used as a detention by the Danish Police in the Faroe Islands, this happened due to problems with mould in the former locations of the detention. The Danish defence handed the buildings in Mjørkadalur to the Faroese government in 2013.[3]


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