18 (UKSF) Signal Regiment

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18 (UKSF) Signal Regiment
Active 2005 – present
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
Type Special Forces
Role Special operations communications support
Size one regiment
Part of United Kingdom Special Forces
Engagements War In Afghanistan
Commanders
Current
commander
Director Special Forces

18 (UKSF) Signal Regiment is a regiment of the Royal Corps of Signals in the British Army and provides communications and information systems support to the force elements of the United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF).[1] Established in 2005, the regiment is under the Operational Command of Headquarters Director Special Forces and includes signal squadrons from both the Royal Corps of Signals and the Royal Marines.

The regiment's tasks are to provide signals intelligence, electronic intelligence, maintaining communications and their security during special forces missions.[2] Operators may be required to accompany UKSF on operations and need to be HALO and firearms trained to special forces levels. They are also required to be trained in various special forces techniques such as resistance to interrogation and escape and evasion.[2] The 18 (UKSF) Signal Regiment run their own special forces selection programme called the Special Forces Communicator (SFC) course.[2]

History[edit]

United Kingdom Special Forces

The Ministry of Defence does not comment on special forces matters, therefore little verifiable information exists in the public domain.[3]

The 18 (UKSF) Signal Regiment was formed around the existing communication capabilities of the Special Air Service (SAS) and Special Boat Service (SBS), namely 264 Signal Squadron based at Stirling Lines near Hereford, the SBS Signal Troop based at RM Poole, Dorset and 63 (SAS) Signal Squadron of the Territorial Army.[2]

The regiment now comprises:

  • SBS Signal Squadron[2]
  • 264 (SAS) Signal Squadron [4]
  • 267 (SRR) Signal Squadron[5]
  • 268 (SFSG) Signal Squadron[5]
  • 63 (SAS) Signal Squadron (R) [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "18 (UKSF) Sig Regt". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Ryan, p.212
  3. ^ "Special forces quitting to cash in on Iraq". The Scotsman. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Smith, Michael. "Secret war of the SAS". London: The Times. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  5. ^ a b http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/people/aldrich/vigilant/lectures/gchq/18/
  6. ^ "Special Forces Signals (Reserve)". Ministry of Defence. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2010.