Ayios Nikolaos Station

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Map of Cyprus, with Sovereign Base areas highlighted
Map of Dhekelia, with Sovereign Base areas highlighted

Ayios Nikolaos Station (also spelled Agios Nikolaos; Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος) is a British army station and part of in the British Sovereign Base Area of Dhekelia in Cyprus. It is a former village (Ayios Nikolaos, SBA) connected by a road to the main area of the Dhekelia Garrison. The Joint Service Signal Unit (JSSU), formerly 9 Signal Regiment (2 Wireless Regiment pre-1959) and the Royal Air Force's 33 Signals Unit, is based at Ayios Nikolaos. This unit is a British Armed Forces run Static Communications station.

The Joint Service Signal Unit (Cyprus) (JSSU(Cyp)) was formed on 1 April 1999 as a result of the amalgamation of the Joint Service Signal Unit (Ayios Nikolaos) and elements of 33 Signals Unit RAF.[1] It is a three-squadron organisation, commanded by a Royal Signals Lieutenant Colonel, with a number of Royal Air Force and civilian contractors attached. Royal Air Force Station Troodos is an important satellite listening station. The US NSA partly funds the facility through GCHQ for its importance in regional signals intelligence.[2]

Ayios Nikolaos or Agios Nikolaos is a very common place name in Greece and Cyprus; it is Greek for "Saint Nicholas".

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Ayios Nikolaos Station archived on 5 August 2009 from the original
  2. ^ Aldrich, Richard (2010). GCHQ: The Uncensored Story of Britain’s Most Secret Intelligence Agency. Harper Press. pp. 320–339. ISBN 978-0007312665. 

Coordinates: 35°05′35″N 33°53′12″E / 35.09306°N 33.88667°E / 35.09306; 33.88667