MULTIPLE RAF jets have been roaring in the skies over North Wales today (Friday, April 12). 

Around six BAE Systems Hawk T2 jets have been operating in the region. A spokesperson for RAF Valley (on Anglesey) has said IV and XXV Squadrons are "taking advantage of some slightly better weather to conduct our advanced flying training for fast jet pilots".

The Hawk entered RAF service in April 1976, replacing the Folland Gnat and Hawker Hunter for advanced training and weapons training. The Hawk T1 was the original version used by the RAF, deliveries commencing in November 1976. The most famous users of the Hawk are the Red Arrows aerobatic team, who adopted the plane in 1979.

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RAF Valley bids farewell to 28(AC) Squadron today after a successful period of training. 

Rhyl Journal: 28(AC) Squadron have been training in North Wales.28(AC) Squadron have been training in North Wales. (Image: RAF Valley)

Throughout the ten day deployment the Squadron have been supported by Joint Helicopter Support Squadron (JHSS) who are deployed in Nesscliffe training area in Shropshire.

The exercise is the culmination of several years of flying training for the trainee Chinook Aircrew and simulates real life operational missions and taskings such as helicopter assaults and complex underslung loads.

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The ability for crews to work closely with JHSS in unfamiliar locations adds valuable realism to test both the trainee Aircrew and JHSS prior to them deploying to locations around the world as part of their front line duties.

An RAF Valley spokesperson said: "The Squadron have asked that we pass on a big Diolch yn fawr- to all those who have sent positive messages of support to this site during the deployment.

"They appreciate though that not everyone likes the helicopters and they thank local people for their forbearance."