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Welcome to the RAF Valley website. Whether you are just visiting or being posted-in, I hope this site will give you an understanding of the key contribution this very busy Station makes to UK Defence and our local community.

The mission of RAF Valley is clear: Training aircrew and saving lives.

All the RAF’s future fast jet combat pilots pass through RAF Valley where they are trained on the Hawk T Mk 2 operated by IV(R) Sqn. This is their first experience of operating a high performance aircraft and once qualified, they are trained to employ the weapons system simulation to deliver the desired effects. From here the pilots graduate to the Tornado, Typhoon and the F35 Lightning II.

RAF Valley also supports 202(R) Sqn, flying the Griffin, training aircrew for mountainous and maritime operations worldwide.

In addition to RAF regular personnel, reserves and civil servants, RAF Valley achieves its task thanks to close working partnerships with a number of key contractors who provide the trained ground crews to service the aircraft and other support staff to enable our operations to be conducted in a safe and controlled environment. As a consequence, the Station is a significant employer within the local community and our links with the people of Anglesey and North Wales have grown stronger with each year. To demonstrate this RAF Valley is honoured to exercise its Freedoms of Anglesey, Bangor and Llandudno regularly, as well as participating in many local events and charity fund-raisers. We were especially fortunate in 1993 when His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales became Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Valley.

For those moving to the area, if you like the outdoors, there are few places that can compete with RAF Valley for opportunities to explore and enjoy. With Snowdonia on the doorstep and the outstanding watersports facilities along the coasts, there is always something to do. The Station has many clubs to enable participation in these activities and advice and equipment are readily available from the PEd staff in our outstanding modern gym. The Mountain Rescue Team is actively recruiting for new members and this gives another opportunity to get involved, out-and-about, and help the local community.

There are many world-class sites of historic interest within an easy drive of Valley and families have plenty of options to keep kids occupied during weekends and holidays. The Station has an excellent HIVE, which acts as a focal point for charities and other support organisations. They can provide information on Station childcare facilities and the local education arrangements and opportunities: I encourage you to contact them as soon as possible to ease your move to the Station.

Life at Valley is exciting, busy and can be very rewarding. I encourage you to take advantage of the outstanding opportunities and facilities we have available to us and explore the local area as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to get involved with running a club or starting one if your particular hobby is not already represented. Welcome once again, I hope you enjoy your time at RAF Valley.

Group Captain N A Tucker-Lowe DSO MA MCMI RAF


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