THE STATION

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.

Refuge in adversity

The RAF Valley Station Badge depicts a Dragon Rampant holding a Portcullis. For many years RAF Valley took pride in being a Master Diversion Airfield and remained open 24 hours a day to receive aircraft either in difficulty or diverted from other bases because of bad weather. The Station adopted the heraldic devices on the badge as an indication of both its location in Wales and its task of holding the entrance to the airfield open.

Commander

Group Captain Matt Hoare MA RAF

Group Captain Matt Hoare joined the RAF in 1994.  His flying career has involved a wide range of operational experience in different operational theatres.  Following pilot training, he joined the Tornado GR1 Force and was assigned to IX(B) Sqn at RAF Bruggen in 1999, moving to RAF Marham with the Squadron in 2001.  He became a Qualified Weapons Instructor in 2003 and returned to RAF Marham and II(AC) Squadron.

In 2005 he was assigned to VFA-125 at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California on exchange with the US Navy as an F/A18 Hornet Instructor Pilot and during this tour promoted to Squadron Leader.

He was assigned back to RAF Marham and the Tornado in 2008 as a flight commander and then Executive Officer on XIII Squadron.  In 2011 he went to Air Command as the Career Manager for the fast jet Squadron Leader cadre and during this tour he completed the BAE Systems Global Emerging Leaders Programme.

In 2013 he was promoted to Wing Commander and attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College.  He was assigned to Finance Military Capability in the Ministry of Defence where he joined the Capability Plans team as the Air Capability desk officer. 

In 2016 he completed the Typhoon Operational Conversion before taking command of the Operations Wing at RAF Lossiemouth, where he was also Senior Operator for Typhoon and Tornado, Aerodrome Operator for Lossiemouth, Kinloss and Leuchars, Senior Information Officer and Commander of No. 140 Expeditionary Air Wing. 

In 2019 he was assigned to 83 Expeditionary Air Group in Al Udeid as Chief of Staff Plans and National Approval Authority and was subsequently awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.  He was then assigned to Air Command as the Typhoon desk officer within Air Capability Delivery.  In 2020 he was promoted to Group Captain and assigned to the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office in Washington DC as the UK F-35 National Deputy. 

In 2022 he undertook his current role as Station Commander RAF Valley, where he is also Commandant of No. 4 Flying Training School.

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KEY DATES

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.

HISTORY

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.

From late 2019, RAF Valley will be the home of Basic Flying Training; the second phase of Fast Jet training for the RAF and Royal Navy. Following on from Elementary Flying Training, Basic Flying Training using the Texan T1 advanced turbo-prop trainer will prepare students for Advanced Flying Training on the Hawk T2 jet trainer.

 

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