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Use hangar for servicing jets; VIEWPOINTS.

AS we know, the Government is looking to reduce expenditure and the activities of the Ministry of Defence are under scrutiny.

Shortly after spending pounds 80m-100m of taxpayers' money on a new super hangar at RAF St Athan, the ex-Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram (what happened to him?) withdrew all contracts, thereby making the hangar redundant.

With the expected cut in the number of operational aircraft, it would make sense to bring the fast-jet servicing and repair back to St Athan. Most of this work could be accommodated at this built-for-purpose hangar and thereby reduce the costly buy-out contracts.

The RAF should be brought back in control as it was in the 1970s with a civilian workforce back-up. Bringing back the technical expertise and work back to South Wales would soften the blow when the proposed Military Academy is declared a lame or dead duck.

J Roberts Graigwen, Pontypridd
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 9, 2010
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