RAF Valley is located on the island of Anglesey, in north-west Wales, and provides advanced fast-jet training using the BAE Systems Hawk T2 and Basic Flying Training using the Texan T6C turboprop.
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The base is home to No.202 Squadron operating the Jupiter HT1 helicopter, training the RAF and Royal Navy students on maritime and mountain flying training. It is also home to the headquarters of the Mountain Rescue Service.
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RAF Valley Scanner Frequencies
Approach - 125.225, 266.125
Director - 363.650, 125.225, *123.300
Radar - 125.225, 269.100
PAR - 313.550, *123.300
Tower - 389.275, 257.800, *122.100
Ground - 369.500, *122.100
Helicopter Mountain OPS - 362.300
ATIS - 120.725
*= NATO Common Frequency
Aircraft & Squadrons
RAF Valley provides Fast Jet Training using the Hawk T2 aircraft and Basic Flying Training using the Texan T1.
No.4 Flying Training School trains RAF and Royal Navy pilots to fly fast jets, prior to training on an Operational Conversion Unit and consists of three units, No.72 Squadron, No.4 Squadron and No.25 Squadron, flying the Texan T1 and BAE Hawk T2.
No.202 Squadron, which is part of No.1 Flying Training School, operate the Jupiter HT1 helicopter training the RAF and Royal Navy students on maritime and mountain flying training.
RAF Valley is home to the headquarters of the Mountain Rescue Service (No.85 Expeditionary Logistics Wing) carrying out their primary roles of Aircraft Post Crash and Incident Management and Search And Rescue (SAR) of Military Personnel, as well as secondary and tertiary roles including SAR and Military Aid to Civilian Authorities.
4 Squadron - Hawk T2.
25 Squadron - Hawk T2.
72 Squadron - Texan T1.
202 Squadron 'Maritime and Mountains' Training Unit - 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. RAF Valley replaced their Hawk T1s with the newer Hawk T2 in the Advanced Fast Jet Training role. The Hawk T2 has a glass cockpit and avionics suite to provide a realistic advanced fast jet training platform.
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.