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Babcock civilian jobs warning at RAF Valley on Anglesey

A company has warned its civilian staff at RAF Valley on Anglesey that job losses are planned as a result of defence cuts.

It is understood 18 compulsory job losses have been proposed by Babcock Defence Services after a very low take up of voluntary redundancies.

Babcock provides engineering support at the flying training school and is part of a training consortium at the base.

It said the planned cuts were the result of last year's defence review.

"A reduced training throughput as a consequence of the Strategic Defence and Security Review means that we have to realign the workforce," said a spokeswoman for Babcock International.

"We are engaged with the trade union and workforce to mitigate the effects of this but a potential consequence is that a number of our colleagues at Valley could be made redundant."

In February, the RAF announced it was freezing pilot recruitment, and a number of students were later taken off the fast jet training course.

Training is due to switch from the Hawk T1 aircraft, which first entered service in the 1970s, to the advanced Hawk T2 training jet later this year.

Babcock is part of a consortium, along with US defence contractor Lockheed Martin, which provides flying training services for the RAF under a 25-year deal.

RAF officers will continue to provide the instruction for student pilots.

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