I recently started a thread on here about the Falkland Islands dispute and soon realised that there was a few anti Brit American citizens. So in
response to that I have dedicated this thread to those that do not appreciate our relationship as much as the rest of us do.
Firstly Let me name a few US bases that America has on British Soil
Diego Garcia (British Indian Ocean)
Ascension Islands ( Mid Atlantic Ocean)
Menwith Hill (Yorkshire, UK)
Aiyos Nikolaos (Cyprus UK Soverign Base Area)
RAF Barford St. John
RAF Belnheim Crescent
Then we could mention the Echelon project
As you can see we can start to see that the UK provides some very strategic outposts for the US Military. I will now go on to talk about some of them
and why they are so strategic.
First of all Lets take a look at Diego Garcia, this is located deep into the Indian Ocean and is British Soverign Teritory that we lease to the
This Island has an operating US Naval base with an estimated population of 3500. The base contains a deep water harbour for Submarine and Surface
vessels. It has an Airstrip, Radar and Satellite communications and importantly houses Telemetary control for the US Military Satellite's in Orbit
over that area of the wrold.
The Island is a supply outpost and is strategic because it provides the USA with a platform to Oper\te Navy in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea.
This Island will be instrumental with any Strike on Iran.
This is a combined project by the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand of which operating bases are set up to intercept communications.
What is the UK's biggest contribution to the USA on this issue then?
Well the UK used to be the soverign owner of Cyprus and when the UK granted them independance there was a treaty drawn up to leave two Soverign base
areas to the UK, these are called WSBA and ESBA. The treaty granted permission for any UK serving member to operate from these bases. However the
Cypriot government currently prohibits any operation of US Military personelle on their Island.
Why is Cyprus so important?
Well as you can see by the map, Cyprus is in a very strategic area as it lies directly off the western coast of the middle east.
How do the US benafit if they are not allowed serving members on the base?
Well this is where a bit of conjecture comes in however it is rumored that the UK provides some listening posts to the Middle East and a relay station
for communications between the Western Hemisphere and the Eastern Hemisphere. It is also rumored that the US covertly operates the U2 out of RAF
Akrotiri based on the Island.
So next time you think that the British are insignificant to the USA please remember that the UK offers a very strategic set of operating bases for
the USA and that the UK is not just your lap dog. I still stand by the notion that that UK can get in many places diplomatically that the USA just
cannot access and although the US does help the UK an aweful lot it isn't as one sided as you first thought.
To all those intelligent Americans that appreciate the UK-US friendship, please accept my appologies for the tone of the post, but my intention is to
convince those anti Brit minorities that we do need each other.