united kingdom Fleet Air Arm

RN - Royal Navy









Originally formed as the Royal Naval Air Service in 1910, it was merged with the Royal Flying Corps in Apr 1918 to form the Royal Air Force. Following the Inskip Award in Jul 1937, the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Air Force and its shore bases transferred back to Royal Navy control on 24 May 1939 and the term Fleet Air Arm stuck. It was only officially adopted as the name of the service in 1953 !  The Royal Navy placed an order for 45 Sikorsky VS-316s (R-4s) in 1945 and became the first service in the world to order helicopters for operational use.
Since the 1970s, rotary wing aviation has eclipsed that of fixed wing with the Fleet Air Arm, following the major re-organisations announced in the UK 1957 Defence White Paper, which essentially retired the main carrier fleet, and the 1966 Defence White Paper which cancelled the replacement large strike carrier, CVA-01. The Fleet Air Arm provides maritime attack and combat air support for the fleet and its task groups. Anti-submarine, AEW, SAR and replenishment tasks are conducted plus helicopter assault and support for the Royal Marines, together with the comprehensive training necessary to complete these missions. Some training and other second line duties are carried out by civilian contractors or in joint civilian-military teams.
From 1 Oct 1999 the Commando Helicopter Force joined with the support and battlefield helicopters of the Army Air Corps and the Royal Air Force in the new Joint Helicopter Command (JHC). JHC is unified under Commander-in-Chief, Land. The RN contributes aircraft (plus about 1,000 personnel) from 845, 846, 847 and 848 Squadrons plus other aircraft from an attrition reserve. The FAA also contributes 705 Squadron to the tri-service Defence Helicopter Flying School.
The main FAA operational shore bases are HMS Heron (RNAS Yeovilton, tail code VL) and HMS Seahawk (RNAS Culdrose, tail code CU). A SAR detachment was based at Prestwick (HMS Gannet, tail code PW) in Scotland, until Mar 2016.
Fleet Air Arm assets, bases and personnel are the responsibility of Flag Officer, Naval Aviation (FONA).


Rotary Wing Aircraft Units Login to Edit

Rotary Wing Aircraft UnitCreatedDisband
    700 squadron - 700 naval air squadron 700 NAS1940 2014
    701 squadron - 701 naval air squadron 1957 1958
    702 squadron - 702 naval air squadron 702 NAS1936 2014
    703 squadron - 703 naval air squadron 1942 1981
    705 squadron - 705 naval air squadron 705 NAS1936 --
    706 squadron - 706 naval air squadron 706 NAS1953 1998
    707 squadron - 707 naval air squadron 707 NAS1945 1995
    719 squadron - 719 naval air squadron 1944 1961
    727 squadron - 727 naval air squadron 1943 --
    728 squadron - 728 naval air squadron 728 NAS1943 1967
    737 squadron - 737 naval air squadron 737 NAS1943 1983
    744 squadron - 744 naval air squadron 1943 1956
    771 squadron - 771 naval air squadron         HMS G,771 NAS1939 2016
    772 squadron - 772 naval air squadron 1938 1995
    781 squadron - 781 naval air squadron 781 NAS1940 1981
    810 squadron - 810 naval air squadron 810 NAS1933 2001
    814 squadron - 814 naval air squadron 814 NAS1938 --
    815 squadron - 815 naval air squadron 815 NAS1939 --
    819 squadron - 819 naval air squadron 819 NAS1940 2001
    820 squadron - 820 naval air squadron 820 NAS1933 --
    824 squadron - 824 naval air squadron 824 NAS1933 --
    825 squadron - 825 naval air squadron 825 NAS1934 --
    826 squadron - 826 naval air squadron 826 NAS1940 1993
    829 squadron - 829 naval air squadron 829 NAS1940 --
    845 squadron - 845 naval air squadron 845 NAS1943 --
    846 squadron - 846 naval air squadron 846 NAS1943 --
    848 squadron - 848 naval air squadron 848 NAS1943 2016
    849 squadron - 849 naval air squadron         Norma,Okina,Palem,849 NAS1943 --
    854 squadron - 854 naval air squadron 854 NAS1944 2014
    857 squadron - 857 naval air squadron 857 NAS1944 2015
    1710 squadron - 1710 naval air squadron 2010 --
    Flag Officer Sea TrainingFOST1958 --
    Foreign Training UnitRNFTU1973 1976
    Indian Navy Training FlightINTF1971 1971
    Naval Aircraft Trials Installation UnitNATIU1941 --
    Norwegian Sea King Training Cell1972 1972
    School of Aircraft HandlingSAH1959 1995
    School of Flight Deck OperationsSFDO1995 --




Locations for this Org Login to Edit

Base / HeliportUnits on this Location
   HMNB Portsmouth1710 squadron 2010/now
   HMS RaleighFOST 2012/now
   Newquay CornwallFOST 2012/now
   RAF Shawbury705 NAS 1997/now
   RNAS Culdrose814 NAS 2001/now
820 NAS 1964/now
824 NAS 2000/now
829 NAS 2004/now
849 NAS 1984/now
SFDO 1995/now
Normandy Flight 2014/now
Okinawa Flight 2014/now
Palembang Flight 2015/now
   RNAS Yeovilton815 NAS 1999/now
845 NAS 2016/now
846 NAS 2015/now
825 NAS 2014/now
727 squadron 2007/now


Organisation Models Login to Edit

ModelDel'dFromTo
  AW Merlin HC.42017
  AW Merlin HC.3i72015
  AW AW159 Wildcat HMA2282011
  AW Sea King ASaC.7152002
  AW eh.101441998
  EC AS350 Ecureuil261997
  SNIA sa365 dauphin 221997
  Westland Sea King HC.44319792016
  Westland Lynx 9519762017
  SNIA SA341C Gazelle HT.24019731997
  Westland sea king 1551969
  Westland wasp9819631986
  Hiller UH-12E Raven2119621976
  Westland wessex25019611988
  Saunders Roe saro p.531319591964
  Hiller UH-12B HTE-22019531963
  Westland whirlwind16719531977
  Sikorsky s-55 H-192519521962
  Saunders Roe skeeter219521952
  Westland dragonfly7119501967
  Sikorsky s-51 / R-5 / H-5219491949
  Sikorsky R-4 Hoverfly 2419441948



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