18 (UKSF) Signal Regiment
18 Signal Regiment is a Regiment
A regiment is a major tactical military unit, composed of variable numbers of batteries, squadrons or battalions, commanded by a colonel or lieutenant colonel...

 of the Royal Corps of Signals
Royal Corps of Signals
The Royal Corps of Signals is one of the combat support arms of the British Army...

 in the British Army
British Army
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 and provides communications and information systems support to the force elements of the United Kingdom Special Forces
United Kingdom Special Forces
The United Kingdom Special Forces is a UK Ministry of Defence Directorate which also has the capability to provide a Joint Special Operations Task Force Headquarters...

 (UKSF). 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
Royal Marines
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The regiments tasks are to provide signals intelligence, electronic intelligence, maintaining communications and their security during special forces missions.
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. The 18 (UKSF) Signal Regiment run their own special forces selection programme called the Special Forces Communicator (SFC) course
United Kingdom Special Forces Selection
United Kingdom Special Forces Selection is the selection and training process for members of the United Kingdom's three Special Forces formations: 22 Special Air Service, Special Boat Service, and Special Reconnaissance Regiment...



The Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)
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 does not comment on special forces matters, therefore little verifiable information exists in the public domain.

The 18 (UKSF) Signal Regiment was formed around the existing communication capabilities of the Special Air Service
Special Air Service
Special Air Service or SAS is a corps of the British Army constituted on 31 May 1950. They are part of the United Kingdom Special Forces and have served as a model for the special forces of many other countries all over the world...

 (SAS) and Special Boat Service
Special Boat Service
The Special Boat Service is the special forces unit of the British Royal Navy. Together with the Special Air Service, Special Reconnaissance Regiment and the Special Forces Support Group they form the United Kingdom Special Forces and come under joint control of the same Director Special...

 (SBS), namely 264 Signal Squadron based at Stirling Lines near Hereford
Hereford is a cathedral city, civil parish and county town of Herefordshire, England. It lies on the River Wye, approximately east of the border with Wales, southwest of Worcester, and northwest of Gloucester...

, the SBS Signal Troop based at Royal Marines Poole
Royal Marines Poole
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, Dorset
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 and 63 (SAS) Signal Squadron of the Territorial Army.

The regiment now comprises:
  • SBS Signal Squadron
  • 264 (SAS) Signal Squadron
  • 267 (SRR) Signal Squadron
  • 268 (SFSG) Signal Squadron
  • 63 (SAS) Signal Squadron (R)
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