RAF Valley

Crest for RAF Valley


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.


Portrait image of station commander, Group Captain Nick Tucker-Lowe DSO MA MCMI RAF

Group Captain Nick Tucker-Lowe DSO MA MCMI RAF

Group Captain Tucker-Lowe took command of RAF Valley in December 2016. 

Before that he spent three years as Group Captain International and Engagement in the Air Staff and Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Broader Middle East Plans in the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters.


RAF Valley, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 3NY.

Council: Isle of Anglesey County Council

Who's based here

  • IV Squadron
  • 202 Squadron


  • 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.


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.

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