Communications sites


Key showing what the numbers on the map represent.

Number Name Location Purpose
1 RAF Buchany Nr. Stirling Radar Site
Control Reporting Centre
2 RAF Boulmer Nr. Alnwick Radar Site
Air-Sea rescue
3 RAF Fylingdales Nr. Whitby BMEWS
Part of son of Star Wars
4 Irton Moor Nr. Scarborough SIGINT intercept station
Part of GCHQ
5 RAF Menwith Hill Nr. Harrogate NSA Communications interception
ECHELON collection site
6 RN Forest Moor Nr. Harrogate Ship to Shore communications
Including to submarines
7 RAF Digby Nr. Lincoln SIGINT interception station
GCHQ links
8 RAF Waddington Nr. Lincoln Electronic Warfare
Operational Support
9 RAF WytonRAF BramptonRAF AlconburyRAF Molesworth Nr. Huntingdon Joint HQ Logistic CommandJoint Reconnaissance Intelligence CentreImagery InterpretationUS European Command
10 PoundonRAF Croughton Nr. Bicester SIGINT Intercept StationGCHQ Satellite tracking stationUSAF Scope commandAutomated High Frequency Radio
11 RAF Neatishead Nr. Norwich Control Reporting Centre
12 RAF Feltwell Nr. Thetford Near Space Tracking FacilityUSSPACECOM
13 USAF Mildenhall Nr. Bury St. Edmunds Home to US reconnaissance aircraft in UK
14 RAF Chicksands Nr. Bedford British National Intelligence Centre
15 Empress Building,
Earls CourtPalmer StRAF NorthwoodRAF Uxbridge
London GCHQ ILC cable and telex intercept office,GCHQMaritime Reconnaissance ForceHQ Military Air Traffic Operations
16 RAF Oakhanger Nr. Alton Military Satellite CommunicationsTCS Oakhanger-US controlled satellite control centerSGS Oakhanger-UK Skynet ground control centerNATO satellite ground terminal
17 RAF Fairford Nr. Cirencester US Air Force
18 RAF High Wycombe High Wycombe HQ Strike command
19 RAF Hythe Nr Southampton ” Storage and Support”
20 RAF Rudloe Manor Nr. Bath MOD Defence Communications Network HQ
21 RAF Portreath Nr. Redruth Navigation Air Defence Radar Station
22 RAF St Mawgan Nr. Newquay Signals
23 Morwenstow Nr. Bude Satellite ground stationGCHQ, NSA
24 Cheltenham GCHQ Cheltenham HQ UK SIGINT operations
25 RAF Boddington Nr. Cheltenham Telegraph Automatic Routing Equipment HQMilitary attached to GCHQ
26 Defford Nr. Worcester Signals
27 RAF Benbecula Western Isles Radar Site
28 RAF Saxa Vord Orkney Radar Site
29 Baldock Nr. Royston GCHQ linked
30 Beaumanor/ Garrett’s Hey Nr. Loughborough Military Communications
31 Blakehill Nr. Cricklade GCHQ, NSA
32 Culmhead Nr. Church Stanton GCHQ
33 Edzell Nr. Aberdeen US Navy, NSA link
34 Hawkclaw Nr. Fife GCHQ
35 Wincombe Nr. Shaftesbury NSA

NotesSome of the information in this table maybe out of date, as the information has come from a variety of sources.For the best information on a particular antenna array (system) look in “Jane’s Military Communications” it is a yearly published book, available in main libraries in the reference section. Go back in time with the books as there was more information printed in the past.Look on the web, as there is a lot of information out there…