The buzzword that has been bubbling quietly-but-continuously within certain factions of the British UFO research community since at least the late 1970s is that the relatively innocuous-looking base known as Royal Air Force Rudloe Manor – which is situated within the English county of Wiltshire (Crop Circle country, as it's better known!) - sits atop a large, futuristic, underground installation, deep inside of which resides the holiest of all ufological prizes: alien bodies from a crashed UFO.
British authorities have long asserted that the stories are all arrant nonsense and little more than modern day folklore and mythology in the making. Needless to say, determining the truth of this seemingly endless affair has proven to be just about as problematic as the base is deep. Isn't it always, in such situations?
What we do know for sure is that until 1998, the Royal Air Force’s elite Provost and Security Services (P&SS) had their headquarters at Rudloe (a section of which is shown in the photo above), and their duties included the investigation of crime and disciplinary matters involving RAF personnel, the security vetting of employees, and the issuing of identity cards, passes and permits. Far more significant, investigators attached to the P&SS are also trained in the field of counter-intelligence (C / I).
Such training is undertaken at the RAF Police School. Prospective candidates for counter-intelligence work are required to take specialized courses in subjects such as computer security and surveillance. Before being considered for C/I work, personnel have to attain the rank of corporal within the RAF Police. C/I investigators are responsible for issues affecting the security of the RAF, which can include the loss and theft of classified documents, matters pertaining to espionage cases, and the protection of royalty and VIP’s when visiting RAF stations. Also situated within the headquarters of the P&SS is a division known as the Flying Complaints Flight, which primarily investigates complaints of low-flying military aircraft in Britain.
In addition, on October 17, 1996, the late Member of the British Parliament, Martin Redmond, who had a personal interest in the UFO puzzle and who was fully aware of the rumors linking Rudloe with aliens, asked a number of questions in Parliament that revealed further data on the workings of the Rudloe installation. Eleven days later, Redmond was informed by then Defense Minister Nicholas Soames that, RAF Rudloe Manor was home to a parent unit and five lodger units. Specifically these were:
(a) The Detachment of 1001 Signals Unit, which operated the British military’s communications satellite system;
(b) No. 1 Signals Unit, which provided voice and data communications for the entire RAF, Royal Navy, Army and Ministry of Defense;
(c) The HQ of the P&SS;
(d) The HQ of the P&SS Western Region;
(e) And the Controller Defense Communications Network, a tri-service unit controlling worldwide communications for the military. Not only that but the DCN was situated 120 feet underground and was capable of housing no fewer than 55,000 people in the event of a national emergency.
Soames very carefully refrained from mentioning anything specifically relative to UFOs.
In 2000, Rudloe Manor was placed under the control of the Defense Communications Service Agency – which was later replaced by the Information Systems and Services, itself a part of the Ministry of Defense’s Defense Equipment and Support organization.
A few of its underground areas have since been sold off, while some are now decommissioned. Notably, other areas, extending to very significant depths, remain solidly in the hands of officialdom, and are out-of-bounds to just about everyone else.
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