Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose
), based in Cornwall
, near Helston
, on the Lizard Peninsula
, has three major roles: serving the Fleet Air Arm
's front line Sea King
and Merlin helicopter
squadrons; providing search and rescue for the South West region; and training specialists for the Royal Navy
It is one of only two remaining naval air stations in the UK, the other being RNAS Yeovilton
Admiralty surveyors first started preliminary surveys of land near Helston in 1942. RNAS Culdrose
was commissioned as HMS Seahawk
five years after these initial surveys. The station was originally designed to be a wartime airfield lasting about ten years.
The initial plans were for Culdrose
to serve as a Naval Fighting School, it soon developed other roles. These varied roles included such things as the trials of the Navy's first jets, training of Airbone Early Warning crews and as a home base for carrier based aircraft. Over the years the stations emphasis changed from fixed wing aircraft to rotary wing, although its main role remains largely the same.
Squadrons based at Culdrose
Squadrons currently based at RNAS Culdrose
King AirObserver Training
Provides training for the Fleet Air Arm's Observers.
Motto: "Teach and Strike"
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