RAF Digby from the air

224 Signal Squadron

224 Signal Squadron

224 Signal Squadron

224 Sig Sqn is a Joint Service sub-unit of 14 Signal Regiment (EW) and whilst the majority of the regiment are based near Haverfordwest in southwest Wales, the squadron itself enjoys the delights of Lincolnshire based here at RAF Digby. The squadron was formed on 21 June 2004 as a fully deployable field unit with the specific role of providing specialist operators, equipment and enhanced communications to elements of 14 Sig Regt (EW) deployed on operations worldwide.

The title however, pre-dates this latest formation and was first used in 1959 when the squadron formed from10 Wireless Training Squadron under the title 224 Signal Squadron (Wireless Training). The unit was re-titled to Radio Training in 1961 before it disbanded on 1 November 1980. Between 1980 and 2004 the squadron title was not used but its spirit can be traced, through such units as the Special Projects Agency of Communications and Systems Group, the Special Signals Support Unit and more recently still in 4 Sqn of the Joint Service Signal Unit (Digby).

In its latest guise the squadron is a relatively small unit with just short of 90 Army and RAF personnel, from across a wide variety of trades. The majority of these are drawn from a fairly equal three-way split between The Royal Signals, The Intelligence Corps and the RAF, but there are also a handful of key personnel from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Royal Logistics Corps and the Adjutant General’s Corps. The squadron has a number of personnel permanently committed to operations, mostly in the Balkans but also elsewhere. When not deployed, the squadron personnel remain busy training for operations through an extensive exercise schedule both in UK training areas and in overseas locations.

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