Cyprus

Cyprus 'critical' to global security, UK Deputy Commander says

Lieutenant General Thomas Copinger-Symes, the Deputy Commander of UK Strategic Command, told Forces News Cyprus is "absolutely essential".

Cyprus is set to become more important to "global security and our global posture", according to the Deputy Commander of UK Strategic Command.

With more RAF Typhoons and F-35 fighter jets being made available to Europe in the Defence Secretary's latest announcement, British Forces Cyprus continues to prove why it is key for UK defence.

During a visit to the island, Lieutenant General Thomas Copinger-Symes told Forces News "Cyprus is absolutely essential".

"Whether it's the sort of thing we did in support of Op Pitting, getting people out of Afghanistan last year, or indeed ongoing operations in the Middle East or… responding to Russia's illegal and brutal invasion of Ukraine, Cyprus plays a critical role," he said.