Wonderful week at Camp
RAF Valley was yet again a fantastic host to 37 cadets and 9 staff members from the Wing as the 2012 camp season entered week 5. The cadets arriving for the week, 21st to 28th July were provided with a packed programme of events that kept them busy and entertained from beginning to end.
Valley is home to No 4 Flying Training School, now the only Advanced Training and Tactics Unit, responsible for training all RAF and RN fast jet pilots to front-line Operational Conversion Unit and 22 Sqn and 230 Sqns Search & Rescue and the SAR Training Unit for the Royal Air Force. The cadets were treated to visits to both 4 and 208 Sqns (flying the Hawk – No 208 Sqn conducts Advanced Flying Training and No 4 Sqn provides Advanced Training and Tactics) and 22 Sqn and 203 Sqns (flying the Sea King) as well as the SAR Training Unit (flying the Griffin and Augusta 109). The information imparted by both the aircrew and ground crew who looked after the camp during their visits were extremely interesting and the cadets were able to see much of the aircraft from close range and indeed the inside of some of the aircraft.
The rest of the week was packed with activities which included visits to the Air Traffic Control and fire sections, and visits to see both the Hawk T2 aircraft (which are barely two years old having been delivered from British Aerospace) and the Hawk T1, a coastal orienteering exercise and a night exercise at Mona airfield. An off station trip was again made to Betws-Y-Coed to the very impressive High Ropes course which has a 104 feet power-fan drop on which some 15 cadets took the plunge. The camp programme provided the cadets with a vast array of things to do and see together with a number of sorties in the dynamic Hawk simulator, 6 lucky cadets flew in the Sea King, inter flight bowling, the customary sandcastle building on the station beech and a variety of sporting competitions in the gym and various leadership exercises.
As usual, the week was highly competitive with room and uniform inspections, which led to a closely fought competition with ‘A’ Flight just edging the inter-flight competition thanks to some excellent performances in sports and the drill competition. The Best Cadet award was presented to Cadet Josie HOUGH of 2313 (The Chalfonts) Squadron and the Best First Time Cadet award was presented to Corporal Scott LLEWELLYN of 2313 (The Chalfonts) Squadron. The best NCO award was presented to Sergeant Rebecca DAVIES of 1365 (Aylesbury) Squadron and she enjoyed the experience of the hour long Hawk flight with some aerobatics. Each best cadet received a Corgi die cast metal model of the Hawk aircraft, a Sqn T-shirt and various Valley aircraft prints and books.
The Camp Commandant, Squadron Leader Jeremy Davies, said “I would like to take the opportunity to thank my staff, the ACLO team and all those who helped to make the camp a very successful week and such a fantastic experience for the cadets. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the warm and generous hospitality provided by all those at RAF Valley – thank you”.
For more information on the Air Cadets please visit: http://www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets/