Your model recommends that the current crews at Welshpool and Caernarfon should co-locate on one base in a North Wales location. Did you consider your current Welshpool base as a potential co-location site? Yes. As part of a suite of over 200 simulations, Welshpool was included at every stage and combination of models, even when it was identified as poorly performing early on. Part of the reason that Welshpool was consistently shown to be a sub-optimal option relates to its geographical positioning and road connectivity, meaning availability is significantly reduced. This is in addition to environmental factors and operational days lost due to recurring flooding of the airbase and the surrounding road network. Putting additional resources into this location would deliver little benefit and mean that the crew would do very few missions from the base (in Powys and beyond).