UK reopens refurbished runway at RAF Valley station
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has reopened a runway at Royal Air Force (RAF) Valley, following a £20m restoration.
The military base in Wales has had an upgrade to its ageing runway and its link taxiways.
As part of the project, a new section of airside perimeter road, visual aids, aeronautical lighting and signage were added at the air station that is used for advanced fast jet training for pilots.
The station's previous infrastructure supported Hawk aircraft pilot training and now supports Tornado and Typhoon training, the UK Ministry of Defence stated.
Fallon said: “This famous runway has been an integral part of the careers of generations of fast-jet pilots who have seen action across the world and are currently leading RAF strikes against ISIS.
“I’m delighted that this investment will see the runway play that vital role for at least another 25 years, training new pilots in the skills they need to help keep us safe when flying the next generation of aircraft.”
A newly-refurbished hangar at RAF Valley will house three new Jupiter helicopters that will be used to train pilots from all three services.
The hangar was refurbished as part of an infrastructure improvement programme being delivered through the £80m-worth UK Military Flying Training System at both RAF Valley and RAF Shawbury.
The station also provides helicopter flying training where aircrew learn the skills required for mountains and maritime flying with the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, according to the statement.
The Mountain Rescue Service is also based at RAF Valley.
Image: UK Defence Secretary met with personnel from RAF Valley in North Wales. Photo: courtesy of Crown.