It was once called DTEO Aberporth - the Defence Test and Evaluation Organisation, a forerunner of DERA.

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Most of the Mo D related facilities in Wales are concerned with army training and testing of live ordnance as the road sign (further below) at Castlemartin Range in Pembrokeshire, controlled from nearby Merrion Camp , makes clear! DERA/Qineti Q have operated two key facilities: at Aberporth , close to the small but popular surfing beach at Llangranog in Cardigan Bay and at Llanbedr , in Snowdonia national park country.

The Aberporth site sits in a stunning cliff top location, show below in another exclusive bird's eye view from my contributor with a pilot's licence!

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You should really explore ALL the site by starting with Part 1. If you have enabled "cookies" on your browser, the new settings will also be saved on your computer and will be retrieved when you access this page again.Furthermore, as you navigate between the five parts of the "Secret Bases" Page, your map link option settings will be preserved.The "cookie" only contains your map preferences - nothing else.Qineti Q suspended operations at Llanbedr in late 2004 and formally handed the base over to Defence Estates for disposal in early 2005, with the loss of almost 150 jobs.Newer target drones, not requiring a runway for take-off, will now be launched from the existing facilities at Aberporth.Whilst the future of Llanbedr's airfield is currently uncertain, such a valuable asset will surely not remain idle for too long.