RAF Valley is located on the island of Anglesey, in north-west Wales, and provides advanced fast-jet training using the new BAE Systems Hawk T2.
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The base is home to the Search and Rescue Training Unit (SARTU) which trains military rotary crews in SAR and mountain and maritime skills.
RAF Valley will also provide Basic Flying Training from 2019 using the Texan T6C turboprop and H145 Jupiter HT1 as part of the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS).
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RAF Valley Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 125.225, 379.950
Director - 363.650, 396.850
Zone - 264.700
Radar - 313.550, 385.400, 362.300
Tower - 268.625
Ground - 266.800
ATIS - 120.725
Aircraft & Squadrons
RAF Valley provides fast jet training using the new Hawk T2 aircraft. In August 2018, it was announced that, due to the increased demand for fast jet pilots in both the RAF and the Fleet Air Arm following the entry into service of the F-35B Lightning, the existing Hawk T.2 squadron at 4 FTS would be split into two, with IV (AC) Squadron to be joined by a newly reformed 25 Squadron by the end of 2018. 25 Squadron will takeover the jet conversion tasks, with IV Squadron focusing on tactics and weapons training.
202(R) Squadron is the maritime and mountains training element of the Defence Helicopter Flying School. They previously operated the Griffin helicopter but now operate the new H145 Jupiter HT1 helicopter.
A newly-refurbished hangar at RAF Valley will also house the three brand-new Jupiter helicopters, from the end of 2017, which will be used to train pilots from all three Services, delivered as part of the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). Two Texan T6C advanced turboprops arrived on 16th February 2018 as part of a planned fleet of ten that is set to deliver Basic Flying Training (BFT) at RAF Valley for RAF and Royal Navy pilots from 2019.
IV(AC) Squadron - Hawk T2.
25 Squadron - Hawk T2 (end of 2018).
202(R) Squadron SAR Training Unit - H145 Jupiter HT1.
UKMFTS - Texan T6C turboprop.
UKMFTS - H145 Jupiter HT1.
The airfield was opened in 1941 as a Fighter Sector Station providing defence cover for England's north-west and shipping in the Irish Sea. Hawker Hurricanes were based here with Bristol Beaufighters providing night fighter cover.
No. 456 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force formed in 1941 operating Boulton Paul Defiants and later re-equipping with Beaufighters for defensive night patrols before the unit moved away in 1943. Westland Lysanders and Supermarine Walrus amphibians were also based here at the end of 1941 and were used for Air-sea rescue, until 1944.
The runways and taxiways were extended in early 1943 and the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Ferry Terminal became operational which handled American aircraft ariving from transatlantic flights. The base handled Liberators, Douglas C-47s, and B-17s. Due to the large scale USAAF activities, RAF operations were scaled down. After the War, many American bombers, and crew, passed through Valley on their way back to the USA. In 1947 the airfield was put on a care and maintenance basis.
During 1950, improvements were made to the hangars, and buildings, and in 1951, Valley became home to No.202 Advanced Flying School, and operated the Vampire and Meteor jet aircraft. Folland Gnat jet trainers were used in 1962 along with Hawker Hunters for advanced training. The first Hawk aircraft were used in 1976.
208(R) Squadron were disbanded in April 2016 as they were operating the older analogue Hawk T.1 aircraft.
The RAF Valley airbase on Anglesey has recently had a £20 million contract awarded to refurbish it as well as the link taxiways in addition to providing a new section airside perimeter road, new visual aids, aeronautical lighting and signage. The work was finished by October 2017 and it will extend the life of the runway by a further 25 years.