SWANSEA and Llanelli residents were shocked to discover the presence of fighter jets overhead this afternoon (Mar 8).

Residents first reported hearing loud jets flying above the area at around 1.45pm.

The Herald has tracked the jets, which are US fighter jets and it appears they are performing a manoeuvre known as a ‘holding position’. 

The images show the jets circling just over Three Cliffs Bay and Cefn Bryn.

Many residents could not see the jets as they were flying above the clouds, but the roaring of them could be heard throughout the county.

The jets could be heard roaring overhead in West Wales this afternoon

The Ministry of Defence have confirmed that two RAF fighter Jets have been perfoming air-to-air and air-to-ground training in the area as part of a routine training exercise.

According to flight radar one of the American Airforce planes set off from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England, before heading directly south west for Swansea.

With the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle was shown making a wider circle from Gower over Llanelli and Burry Port.

A MOD spokesperson said:  “Typhoon fighters from RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, were completing a variety of routine air-to-air and air to ground training in Wales and south west England today.

“The RAF and in this case, Typhoon pilots, use a variety of training areas around the whole of the UK for training and vary their routes and training locations to maximise training benefit; recently our aircraft have been training across large parts of Scotland, Wales, North East England, the North Sea, Norfolk, the north west, Liverpool, the south coast and Isle of Wight.

“Use of such training areas enable RAF pilots to train in varied environments in preparation for operations across the globe, such as those ongoing in the Middle East and eastern Europe.

“The RAF Typhoon force continues to be on high readiness to deploy around the world in support of operations – an example is the recent deployment of additional aircraft to Cyprus to patrol NATO / Romanian airspace post-Russian aggression in Ukraine”.