Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie visited RAF Valley to show her support for the armed services and to meet local apprentices who are undertaking highly skilled training at the base.

The station, which is home to some of the RAF’s training squadrons, is the second biggest employer on the island and apprentices from companies such as BAE Systems and Babcock learn their skills there.

Virginia, who is a member of the Parliamentary Armed Forces Scheme, was shown around by Valley’s commander Group Captain Andy Turk.

“It is always a pleasure to visit Valley but this time there was the added bonus of getting the chance to speak to some apprentices from the island who are learning high tech skills on their doorsteps,” said Virginia.

“It is vitally important we have highly skilled jobs on the island so our young people can stay. This is not just an economic issue either. It is important for the Welsh language and culture that people born on Anglesey are able to stay on Anglesey.

“As this island’s MP, making sure investment and jobs come to Ynys Môn is my biggest priority.

“Many thanks to Group Captain Turk and his team for inviting me. I aim to be a regular visitor.”

Group Captain Turk added: “RAF Valley was delighted to host our MP on Thursday which allowed us to update her on how we have continued to progress essential training throughout the pandemic, delivering aircrew to the frontline safely and on time. 

“Our whole force enjoyed the opportunity to talk through the vital roles they undertake and to ask her questions on many matters of interest. We are extremely grateful for the support we get from the Anglesey community and look forward to welcoming more visitors back to RAF Valley and very much thank Virginia for taking the time to visit us – and we look forward to welcoming her back again soon.”

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