STAGHORN is the codename for a Laundry Q Division special technical detachment supporting Project PACHYDERM. Most of the STAGHORN team are ex-RAF personnel who possess extremely high security clearances and a highly technical skill-set which has very limited1 private sector applications: the care and feeding of WE.177B and C variable- and fixed-yield free-fall air-deliverable thermonuclear munitions. Yes, the smallest, strangest intelligence agency in Her Majesty's Government has a nuclear footprint.2

The Laundry will presently require a new generation of STAGHORN officers, given that the WE.177 was officially decommissioned out of the UK arsenal in the late 1990s and the youngest technicians in the group are in their mid-50s.

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