Britain to upgrade communications on Greek Cyprus military base
The spokesman told the Associated Press that the purpose of the ésmall-scale infrastructure Project” is to “modernize communications infrastructure and increase our resilience.”
The spokesman, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, gave no further details. The facility will be built at a disused site at Dhekelia Garrison on Greek Cyprus.
The U.K. retained the bases when the island gained independence from British colonial rule in 1960.
The bases incorporate a large airfield at RAF Akrotiri and an important electronic intelligence gathering station at Ayios Nicolaos situated around 175 kilometers (109 miles) from Syria’s Mediterranean coastline.
Britain has been keen in projecting its military strength in the region since it exited the European Union on Feb. 1, 2020, with large naval deployments including its newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, from which cutting-edge F-35 jets operate.
British warplanes have also flown from RAF Akrotiri to assist in the fight against ISIL in Syria and Iraq.