JUST days after taking up the mantle as the Royal Air Force’s new Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Sir Richard Knighton made a visit to the RAF Valley base on Anglesey

The CAS is endeavouring to visit the majority of air stations early in his tenure, so that they have a clear appreciation of current priorities and the RAF vision for the future. 


RAF’s Hercules flies over Anglesey during retirement flypast

After meeting the RAF Valley management team, the CAS came and briefed the entire force of service and contractor personnel in a “town hall”-type meeting - on his vision for the RAF and took a number of searching questions from the floor, in a session lasting an hour.

Air Chief Marshal Knighton said: “It is always a delight to visit this beautiful corner of Wales and see the talent that is nurtured here and the energy and enthusiasm of the whole-force; whether it be service or civilian. 

“The commitment of this team to their central purpose of producing the world’s best fast-jet pilots is obvious and the aim has seldom in history been more important than today - given events 1,200 miles away… Da iawn, RAF Y Fali!”