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News Archive > General > Military return to st Mawgan welcomed

Military return to st Mawgan welcomed

By 8th April 2009

NEWQUAY'S long standing ties with the military look set to continue with the news that 70 military personnel are to permanently relocate to RAF St Mawgan.
The news comes three months after the Newquay Voice exclusively revealed that the American-led Joint Maritime Facility (JMF) and its 200 staff are set to leave the base later this year.
Over the past few months 70 new staff have relocated to the air base from the Army, Navy and RAF as part of the tri-service Defence Survival Training Centre (DSTC).
Originally the move was only temporary but is now to be made permanent, it can be revealed.
"Further work has identified St Mawgan as the optimum basing solution," said MP Bob Ainsworth from the Ministry of Defence in a letter to Cornish MP Matthew Taylor. "Therefore I am now able to confirm that this will be the permanent basing location for the DSTC.
"The 70 service personnel who have relocated from HMS Sultan and Defence Intelligence Security Centre Chicksands will now too be based there permanently."
The new facility will be a centre of excellence for survival, evasion, resistance and extraction (SERE) training which had previously been taught in three different sites.
But now all the training that was done aboard HMS Sultan and at the base in Chicksands will be carried out at St Mawgan.
"The base provides essential support facilities as well as being located in an ideal geographical location," said a military spokesperson.
"A detailed investment appraisal was carried out to determine the best long-term base and the analysis concluded that the RAF St Mawgan option provided the best value for money."
Town Mayor Lynda Cherry (Gannel, Cons) has welcomed the decision.
"That's great news," she said.
"I think it's good that it keeps military personnel here because it's something that the people of Newquay are used to and it's part and parcel of the way of life down here.
"I think a lot of people were quite sad that some of the staff were leaving." She added: "It's also good for the economy."
Mr Ainsworth has said that no civilian jobs are to be created by the move yet but that workers will be required in the near future. Trade Unions have been informed that jobs will become available.

By 8th April 2009

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