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The oldest RAF station, opened on 28 March 1918, is located near the village of Scopwick and is an important signals site for all three services. Home to the Joint Service Signals Organisation, part of the Intelligence Collection Group, the station is tri-service and is alternately commanded by a British Army Colonel or RAF Group Captain.
RAF Digby, Cuckoo Ln, Digby, Lincoln LN4 3LH
Part of the Air Warfare School based at nearby RAF Waddington, the unit delivers communications security to the three services.
A tri-service unit which provides signals support to the three services on operations around the world. The Organisation is continuous with the station of RAF Digby and share a common commander. It supports both strategic decision makers at the highest level and the front line on a 24/7 basis. The site has to be able to adapt to an ever-changing security environment and embrace technological change to remain capable of meeting its remit.
Digby was originally called RAF Scopwick and was established on 28 March 1918. It has been home to a number of units, including Nos. 2 and 3 Flying Training Schools and both Guy Gibson and Douglas Bader were stationed here. In 1942, the station became a Royal Canadian Air Force Station operating Mosquito aircraft. Following a brief period as a technical training unit, the role of the station changed yet again in 1955 with the arrival of No. 399 Signals Unit. This was later joined by 591 Signals Unit and the Aerial Erectors School. No. 399 Signals Unit changed its name to the Joint Service Signal Unit on 15 September 1998, reflecting not only its tri-service environment, but also its bi-national one with members of all three US forces serving alongside RAF, Army and Royal Navy personnel.
On 1st April 2005 the Unit merged with the rest of the station to become the Joint Service Signals Wing (JSSW) Digby.
On 1st August 2008 the Unit changed its name back the the Joint Service Signal Unit (D) and the RAF ensign was lowered for the last time on 1st June 2011. However, the station remains RAF Digby in name due to its historic links.
Currently, the station is home to the Joint Service Signals Organisation and command of the two rotates between an Army Colonel and and RAF Group Captain.
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