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Duke's RAF trainers face redundancy

Some of the people who helped train the Duke of Cambridge to fly search and rescue for the RAF are being made compulsorily redundant, pilots' union Balpa has said.

They are among eight helicopter training pilots and aircrewmen who are losing their jobs with FB Heliservices, said Balpa.

The union said those affected were civilians employed to train military helicopter pilots and were based at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire and RAF Valley on Anglesey where Prince William is based.

Balpa principal negotiator Mick Brade said: "The loss of these flight crew to the UK forces is a result of the Government's Ministry of Defence cutbacks and the effect of this decision on the training of military pilots will be significant.

"These pilots are dedicated to training servicemen and women. They are among the best helicopter training pilots and aircrewmen anywhere in the world.

"While it is terrible for them and their families, it is also a tragedy that the RAF, the Royal Navy and the British Army will not be able to make use of their decades of service, expertise and professionalism."

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