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VIDEO: Prince Charles Pays Secret Visit to GCHQ Scarborough

Scarborough welcomed a royal visitor this week as The Prince of Wales dropped in at GCHQ satellite ground station.

Prince Charles at GCHQ Scarborough
Prince Charles at GCHQ Scarborough

GCHQ Scarborough is the world's oldest existing intercept station and is located n the outskirts of Scarborough, at Irton Moor.

An outstation of the main GCHQ site in Cheltenham, the site employs over 200 people. In existence since 1943 the station played a key role in tracking the famous German battleship the Bismarck during World War II.

Prince Charles' visit was in recognition the centenary of the station first collecting signals intelligence.

The prince, who is patron of the intelligence services, took time to chat with people who work at the station and learn about some of the site's 100-year history, including a World War Two Enigma machine.

The history of the original station dates back to 1912 when the Royal Navy established a Wireless Telegraphy station in the Scarborough area.

Today GCHQ Scarborough helps law enforcement agencies prevent terrorism and organized crime and normally operates under strict secrecy.

VIDEO: Prince Charles Visits GCHQ Scarborough

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