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RAF Valley is a Royal Air Force Station on Anglesey. Although it’s hard to spot it whilst driving, you might spot or hear several jets flying over the island and North-West Wales.
The airfield was constructed during World War Two in 1940 and opened for operations on 1 February 1941 as a Fighter Sector Station with the task of providing defence cover for England’s industrial north-west and shipping in the Irish Sea.
After the war, during 1950 many improvements were made to the hangars and buildings at Valley and on 1 April 1951 training commenced for fighter pilots on Vampire and Meteor jet aircraft.
These days, RAF Valley is also home to a squadron of Sea King helicopters. These are busy in the Search and Rescue role, rescuing people from ships in the Irish Sea, from the mountains of nearby Snowdonia and elsewhere. The mountain rescue work in Snowdonia is coordinated with the constituent teams of the North Wales Mountain Rescue Association. HRH The Duke of Cambridge, second-in-line to t
he British Throne, was assigned to C Flight, 22 Squadron at RAF Valley, as a pilot flying the Sea King search and rescue helicopter. He finished his last shift as a pilot on Tuesday 10 September 2013.
Anglsey Airport opened in 2007. This is an airport owned by the Isle of Anglesey County Council on land leased from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. The airport
is situated at Llanfair yn Neubwll on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales. The leased site is part of RAF Valley, an RAF station teaching RAF pilots using BAE Hawks. The Airport is operated on the County Council’s behalf by Citywing.
Plans put forward in early 2006 by the National Assembly for Wales have led to a subsidised weekday air service between the airport and Cardiff Airport, 12 miles west of the Welsh capital in the hope of improving the economy of Anglesey and North Wales in general. The twice daily service began in May 2007.
For residents of Anglesey, the air service is significantly quicker than surface transport. Gate-to-gate travel time to Cardiff is around 1 hour.
On your way past Bangor towards Anglesey you’ll be faced with an enormous concrete building. It’s not going to win any design awards. It is Bangor Hospital, or Ysbyty Gwynedd.
If you need to find out more about the facilities at the hospital, visit the site here.
Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm is a 25 turbine wind farm approximately 8 km north east of Llandudno. It is Wales’ second offshore wind farm and the third offshore wind farm to be built within Liverpool Bay. It has a maximum rated output of 90MW. It is the second and currently the largest operating offshore wind farm in the RWE npower renewables energy portfolio.
Rhyl Flats was constructed throughout 2008 and 2009 and generated its first green energy on 15 July, 2009. It became fully operational in December 2009 and is currently the largest operating renewable energy scheme in Wales and one of the most powerful offshore wind farms in the UK.
As the global challenge to increase clean energy generation intensifies, Rhyl Flats makes an important contribution towards our parent company RWE Innogy’s goal to have 4.5GW of renewable capacity in construction or operation by 2012 and at least 10GW by 2020.
The wind farm is located on the eastern end of the Constable Bank between Abergele and Rhos-on-Sea, approximately 5 miles (8 kilometres) off the coast of North Wales. It comprises 25 wind turbines and has a maximum installed capacity of 90MW. Rhyl Flats Offshore Wind Farm will provide enough clean, green electricity to satisfy the needs of approximately 61,000 homes every year.
The project was originally developed by a company called Celtic Offshore Wind Limited (COWL), which received full consent in 2002 to build and operate the scheme. RWE npower renewables purchased the Rhyl Flats project from COWL in December 2002 and delivered the project against a backdrop of extensive and tough consent conditions.
Rhyl Flats now sits off the North Wales coast alongside North Hoyle, the UK’s first large scale offshore wind farm, which was also constructed and operated by RWE npower renewables.