No RAF flying operations will move from Anglesey to another base, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed, after it was asked by Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie.
In a written question to the MoD, Virginia asked the Secretary of State for Defence “what plans he has to move any of the operations from RAF Valley on Anglesey to RAF Leeming?”
The reply from junior defence minister James Heappey said: “There are no plans to move any flying operations from RAF Valley to RAF Leeming.
“RAF Valley will remain the home of UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) Hawk T2, Texan T1 and Jupiter fleets.
“We have announced that the Qatar Emiri Air Force will base their new Hawk Mk167 aircraft at RAF Leeming and these will be jointly manned by RAF personnel. We have also announced Hawk T1 with 100 Squadron will drawdown at RAF Leeming later in the decade.”
Virginia added; “There’s been quite a few politically inspired social media rumours flying around faster than a Hawk itself suggesting the jets were leaving for Leeming because that’s in the Chancellor’s constituency.
“Of course, it was nonsense but instead of saying so, I simply went and asked the Ministry of Defence. I am happy to report no such thing is happening and that this misinformation has now been shot down.”