UK to upgrade communications at Cyprus military base

Britain will build a new communications facility at one of its two bases in the eastern Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, a spokesman for the British Ministry of Defence said.

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Britain will build a new communications facility at one of its two bases in the eastern Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, a spokesman for the British Ministry of Defence said on Friday.

The spokesman told The Associated Press that the purpose of the “mini-infrastructure project” is to “modernize the communications infrastructure and increase our resiliency.”

The spokesman, who requested anonymity as usual, did not provide further details. The facility will be built on an abandoned site in Dhekelia Garrison in the southeast corner of Cyprus.

The British retained these bases after Cyprus gained independence from British colonial rule in 1960.

The bases include a large airfield at RAF Akrotiri and a key electronic intelligence gathering point at Ayios Nicolaos, some 175 kilometers (109 miles) from Syria’s Mediterranean coastline.

Since exiting the European Union on 1 February 2020, the UK has been keen to project its military might in the region, with a large naval deployment including its latest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, where cutting-edge F-35 jets operating on the aircraft carrier.

British warplanes have also taken off from RAF Akrotiri to help fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

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