The Royal Air Force is to re-form No 25 (Fighter) Squadron as a second BAE Systems Hawk T2 training unit. The existing No IV(AC) Squadron will split, with No 25(F) assuming the first phase of Advanced Fast Jet Training (AFJT) for Royal Air Force and Royal Navy pilots.
The move has been prompted by the expanding need for UK fast jet pilots. ‘I am delighted that No. 25 Squadron is returning to fly the Hawk T2. ‘These are exciting times for the Military Flying Training System and the addition of this new squadron will see the continued delivery of high quality, efficient and effective flying training to meet the requirements of the front line,’ commented AVM Warren James
Air Officer Commanding No 22 Group.
Wg Cdr Tim Simmons, the new Officer Commanding No 25(F) Squadron added: ‘It is a great honour to be the first Officer Commanding of the re-formed No 25 (Fighter) Squadron here at RAF Valley. The Squadron first formed at RAF Montrose in Scotland on September 25, 1915 and served with distinction throughout WW1 and WW2. No.25(F) Squadron then conducted Air Defence operations with a series of early jet aircraft types, followed by the Bloodhound Surface to Air Missile and, latterly, the Tornado F3, before being disbanded on 4 Apr 2008.’