Reservist personnel from Wales’ only Royal Auxiliary Air Force Squadron are helping the fight against coronavirus.

A team from 614 (County of Glamorgan) Squadron are currently running a drive-through testing centre in the Midlands where members of the public can be tested for the virus.

Sergeant Cathy Sharples from Cardiff is commanding the mobile testing team and said: “We all feel proud to stand by our NHS and civilian colleagues in the fight against coronavirus.

“It’s great that we’ve been able to answer the call as a reserve squadron and help the country where we are needed.”

The team consists of 12 personnel are operating in Tamworth at the moment but could be sent elsewhere in the region. They are working in support of Operation Rescript – the military support for the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

They began training in early June with the Army at Donnington and have been operational since 22 June.

Senior Aircraftsman Richard Steer from Cardiff is also with the team and said: “It’s an honour to serve my country in this emergency, and although it means I’m separated from my family, I know they are really proud of the role I’m playing.”

The Cardiff-based squadron also has other members supporting the national effort in their civilian roles including working for the NHS, Police and Welsh Government.

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