Refuge in adversity

The RAF Valley Station Badge depicts a Dragon Rampant holding a Portcullis. For many years RAF Valley took pride in being a Master Diversion Airfield and remained open 24 hours a day to receive aircraft either in difficulty or diverted from other bases because of bad weather. The Station adopted the heraldic devices on the badge as an indication of both its location in Wales and its task of holding the entrance to the airfield open.

THE STATION

RAF Valley on Anglesey is home to No 4 Flying Training School, responsible for training the UK's next generation of world-class fighter pilots.

Aircrew are also trained at RAF Valley for mountain and maritime operations throughout the world.

RAF Valley is also home to the Mountain Rescue Service, the military's only high readiness, all weather search and rescue, aircraft post-crash management asset.

1,500 Service personnel, civil servants and contractors work at RAF Valley.

Commander

Group Captain Andrew Turk DFC ADC MA RAF

Group Captain Andy Turk attended Northwood School in Middlesex before joining the RAF in 1990.  He undertook navigator training at both RAF Finningley and RAF Valley prior to joining the Tornado GR1 force.

His first tour was with 17 (Fighter) Squadron at RAF Brüggen in Germany, followed by a tour on 617 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth. He deployed with the squadron on Operation TELIC (Iraq) in 2003 where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.  

In 2009, he attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course at Shrivenham and was promoted to Wing Commander.  He took command of IX (Bomber) Squadron, a Tornado GR4 unit based at RAF Marham and led deployments on Operations ELLAMY (Libya) and HERRICK (Afghanistan).  Upon promotion and a staff tour as a Group Captain, a tour as Deputy UK Air Component Commander on Operation SHADER (Iraq/Syria) followed.  On return to the UK in 2018, he was posted back to MOD delivering the UK’s Complex Weapons Programme for the three Services.

Group Captain Turk undertook his current role as Station Commander RAF Valley in December 2020.  

 

ADDRESS

RAF Valley, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 3NY.

Council: Isle of Anglesey County Council

Who's based here

  • 202 Squadron

Where we parent

KEY DATES

  • 1941 - The Station opened as RAF Rhosneigr.
  • 1941-1945 - During World War Two the Station operated as a fighter station.
  • 1948 - The RAF Mountain Rescue Service was formed.
  • 1960 - No 4 Flying Training School arrived at RAF Valley.
  • 1962 - Search and Rescue Training commenced at RAF Valley.
  • 2009 - The Hawk TMk2 flew its first flight at RAF Valley.

HISTORY

Since the Station was opened in February 1941 it has been the home of many different aircraft in a variety of roles. Initially, RAF Valley was part of 9 Group, Fighter Command, and was known as RAF Rhosneigr. After two months, it was re-named RAF Valley.

During World War Two the Station operated as a fighter station to defend Merseyside and the Irish Sea from enemy air and sea activity. From 1943, it became a major staging post for USAAF aircraft arriving from the United States to help the war effort.

Post-war, the Station became a flying training station for the RAF and Royal Navy. Today, it is the home of No 4 Flying Training School, operating the BAE Hawk TMk2. This advanced jet trainer, with its modern cockpit design and avionics, provides the ideal lead-in trainer for pilots graduating on to front line aircraft such as the Typhoon and F-35.

From late 2019, RAF Valley will be the home of Basic Flying Training; the second phase of Fast Jet training for the RAF and Royal Navy. Following on from Elementary Flying Training, Basic Flying Training using the Texan T1 advanced turbo-prop trainer will prepare students for Advanced Flying Training on the Hawk T2 jet trainer.

 

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