Royal Navy

Royal Navy Hawk jets move to Newquay for a week

BBC Radio Cornwall

Royal Navy Hawk jet
Andrew Segal

People around Newquay may catch a glimpse of Royal Navy Hawk fast jets in the first week of August.

The black aircraft (pictured), similar to the ones flown by the Red Arrows, are relocating to Cornwall Airport Newquay for one week from Monday, the navy said.

They are usually based at RNAS Culdrose, near Helston, but its runways are due to be closed for a few days for essential maintenance,

Next Wednesday, the jets are due to take part in an exercise ranging across Cornwall and Devon, attempting to evade a Typhoon fighter jet, which will be coordinated from a Royal Navy type-45 destroyer.

Navy recruitment boost 'in Covid-19 jobs uncertainty'

The navy says it has seen a rise in demand from recruits during the Covid-19 outbreak.

HMS Queen Elizabeth (right) and its identical sister ship HMS Prince of Wales
Ben Mitchell

"Jobs uncertainty" in the lockdown and investment in the 'Senior Service' have brought new interest in joining up said Capt Roger Readwin of Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth.

Two new aircraft carriers as well as new submarines and frigates made it a "really exciting time" to join the Royal Navy, he said.

To meet demand, sailors are being inducted into the navy at BRNC in Dartmouth for the first time.

A group of 47 new recruits started their nine-week basic training course at the college last week.