|Part of British Forces Cyprus|
|Troodos Mountains in Cyprus|
Shown within Cyprus
|Type||Signals intelligence gathering and radar station|
|Owner||Ministry of Defence|
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
|Controlled by||Joint Forces Command|
|Occupants||Joint Service Signal Unit (Cyprus) - Golf Section|
RAF Troödos is a remote Signals Station run by 27 personnel from Golf Section, Joint Service Signal Unit (Cyprus), and also contains Mount Olympus Radar Station. The station is based deep within the Troödos Mountains, approximately 14 miles north of Episkopi.
Troödos Station is the oldest remaining British military base in Cyprus, dating from 1878. Initially it was used as a cool summer field hospital for troops from the Egyptian campaign. British army and government officials also used it as a summer retreat.
Declassified documents show that RAF Troödos intercepted satellite communications for the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and documents released by Edward Snowden suggest this has continued in recent years funded by the U.S. National Security Agency. Information from Snowden also indicates the site acts as a listening post for radio signals from the near Middle East.
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- "British forces overseas posting: Troodos, Cyprus". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- "GCHQ worked hard to maintain presence on Cyprus after independence". Gloucestershire Echo. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
- Iain Thomson (29 January 2016). "Israeli drones and jet signals slurped by UK and US SIGINT teams". The Register. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
- Spies in the sky, by Cora Currier and Henrik Moltke, The Intercept_, January 29, 2016
- Heiner Klinkrad; et al. (February 2008). "Europe's Eyes on the Skies". ESA Bulletin 133. European Space Agency. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
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