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Sqn News – November 2018

Hawks at Culdrose

An interesting time for the UK as Brexit rears its head. Regardless of the way in which one voted, one can be assured that this country will be consumed by a determined effort to confirm or rather re-define our identity as a nation.

After the Sqn split earlier in the […]

Sqn News – March 2018

Sun, sea, sand and… snow?

IV Sqn 6 Ship

The Beast from the East has arrived… no, we aren’t referring to Lt Fahad Al Qarni, but the unseasonable wintry weather we have been blessed with through the early part of the year. The newly re-designated IV Squadron have enjoyed a particularly busy couple […]

Sqn News – Jan 2018

New year, new Squadron! (or is it?).

Polo

Winter has most definitely arrived, and Happy IV(R) Squadron have returned after the Christmas break full of energy after the disappointing December weather kept all but the most seasoned flight commanders on the ground. Starting as we mean to go on, with more jets on […]

A Message from OC IV

Chris,

Before I hang my flying helmet and gloves for Christmas and 2017, I really wanted to take the time to pen an email to you and the Association. I was acutely aware that the Sqn and I could not attend the get together over the Remembrance Weekend and I was very sad that we […]

Sqn News – Autumn 2017

IV(R) Sqn Hawk T2

Winter is coming…or is it? Autumn is upon us and the bleak windy winter of RAF Valley is looming, however with temperatures in the high teens and blue skies today you might be forgiven for thinking of the French Riviera rather than the Anglesey coast…but then again we did […]

Sqn News – Summer 2017

Royalty, Risk and Runways… What more could you want?

A quiet summer of student sorties and the occasional TacEval (also known as an impromptu party at the house of a Squadron member) or mess function – sounds perfect! Unfortunately not quite what the squadron has had in mind over the last couple of months. Alongside […]

Sqn News – June 2017

The Boss is Dead – Long Live the Boss!

IV (R) Header

The winds of change have arrived at Mighty IV(R) Squadron since the last issue, as we have sadly said goodbye to our illustrious leader, Wing Commander Mounsey (and more importantly to the real driving force behind the Squadron – Mrs Mounsey […]

The Deci Dozen – IV (R) Sqn Detachment to Decimomannu

Deci Header

On 22 March, 12 Hawk T2s departed Valley to the sunnier climes of Sardinia in the largest overseas detachment of Hawk T2s to date. Over the ensuing two weeks we achieved awesome rates of flying with 3 waves a day fuelled exclusively by pizza and cappuccino. The result was an incredible […]

Sqn News – May 2017

Pairs Take-Off

Summer has finally arrived! Well, the air temperature has got into double digits and over at the Mighty IV (R) Squadron we are all looking forward to the sea following suit, when we will finally be able to get some respite from our immersion suits for a couple of months. April […]

Wg Cdr Rob Caine – New Boss of IV(R)

Rob Caine

I just wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself as the new Boss of IV Sqn after I took over from Mou on the 6 Jun. My name is Rob Caine and I have previously been the Exec on IV Sqn, so I am in command and doing my refresher […]

Squadron News – March 2017

Hawk T2

Along with not burning anything down since the January issue, and having achieved a good amount of flying considering the time of year, the Squadron has also graduated the long overdue course 17 (despite their best efforts), a signficant achievement that represents a huge amount of work from everyone at RAF […]

Squadron News – Jan 2017

Mirage 2000

The happy and fun loving members of IV(R) Squadron returned with various wounds of unspecified origin mostly healed after the Christmas break, eager to brave the January storms and return to the air. With silly season completed with just a broken chair, some new carpet and no major visits to A&E […]

Squadron News – Dec 2016

Hawk T2

Summer arrives at IV Sqn just in time for Night flying. The unusually pleasant weather on Anglesey has led to a very productive couple of months for IV Sqn. This has meant we have been able to catch up on some of the student flying, which was almost stopped during bolthole. […]

Squadron News – October 2016

With the Anglesey winter nights drawing nearer, happy IV(R) Sqn busy ourselves by fondly recollecting our summer vacation (Bolthole) to St Athan

Hawk T2

Some will warmly reflect on the long summer flying days and boozy Thursday nights in Cardiff, whilst others shudder at the thought of 9+ hour coach journeys or the […]

Squadron News – May 2016

RAF Valley’s premier fixed wing flying squadron enter the summer flying season with a plethora of new take off performance figures and a renewed fear of rain, thanks to the ongoing runway resurfacing works. As always most of the squadron’s instructional work continues to be carried out by mighty A-Flt with a total of 4 […]