Britain to improve communications at Cyprus military base


NICOSIA, Cyprus (TNZT) — The United Kingdom will build a new communications facility at one of two bases it maintains on the eastern Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, a spokesman for the British Ministry of Defense said on Friday. .

The spokesperson told The The New Zealand Times that the goal of the “small-scale infrastructure project” is to “upgrade communications infrastructure and increase our resilience.”

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The spokesperson, speaking on the usual condition of anonymity, gave no further details. The facility will be built on a disused Dhekelia garrison site in the southeast corner of Cyprus.

The UK retained the basics when Cyprus gained independence from British colonial rule in 1960.

The bases include a large airfield at RAF Akrotiri and a major electronic intelligence collection station at Ayios Nicolaos located about 175 kilometers (109 miles) off Syria’s Mediterranean coast.

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Britain has been keen to project its military force in the region since leaving the European Union on February 1, 2020, with major naval deployments including its newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, from which operate state-of-the-art F-35 aircraft.

British fighter jets also flew from RAF Akrotiri to help in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

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