British Forces Cyprus
British Armed Forces
The British Armed Forces are the armed forces of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.Also known as Her Majesty's Armed Forces and sometimes legally the Armed Forces of the Crown, the British Armed Forces encompasses three professional uniformed services, the Royal Navy, the...
stationed in the UK sovereign base areas of Dhekelia and Akrotiri on the island of Cyprus
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. The United Kingdom
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retains a military presence on the island in order to keep a strategic location at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, for use as a staging point for forces sent to locations in the Middle East
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. BFC is a tri-service command
Command (military formation)
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, with all three services based on the island reporting to it.