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 using the new H145 Jupiter HT1 helicopter.
RAF Valley also provides Basic Flying Training from 2019 using the new Texan T6C turboprop.
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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 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.
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. 72 Sqn was previously based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse using the Tucano T1 aircraft but disbanded on 31 October 2019 and was stood-up on 28 November 2019 at RAF Valley using the new Texan T1.
IV(AC) Squadron - Hawk T2.
25 Squadron - Hawk T2 (end of 2018).
202 Squadron 'Maritime and Mountains' Training Unit - H145 Jupiter HT1.
72 Squadron - Texan T1.
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.