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Encyclopedia > Fleet Air Arm
Fleet Air Arm
Founded 1937
Country United Kingdom
Size 6,200 personnel
200 aircraft[1]
Part of Royal Navy
Engagements World War II
Korean War
Operation Musketeer (Suez Crisis)
Falklands War
Gulf War
Commanders
Commodore-in-Chief HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Insignia
Roundels
Aircraft flown
Attack Harrier, Lynx
Patrol Merlin, Lynx
Trainer Firefly, Tutor, Hawk, Jetstream
Transport Sea King

Flag of the United Kingdom
Naval Service
Components
Royal Navy
Royal Marines
History
History of the Royal Navy
History of the Royal Marines
Future of the Royal Navy
Ships
Current Fleet
Current deployments
Historic ships
Personnel
The Admiralty
Senior Officers
Uniforms
Officer rank insignia
Ratings rank insignia
Related Civilian Agencies of the MOD
Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service

The Fleet Air Arm is the branch of the Royal Navy responsible for the operation of the aircraft on board their ships. The Fleet Air Arm currently operates the AgustaWestland Merlin, Westland Sea King and Westland Lynx helicopters, as well as the Harrier GR7/GR9. Helicopters such as the Lynx and Westland Wasp have been deployed on smaller vessels since 1964, taking over the roles once performed by fragile biplanes such as the Fairey Swordfish. This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Belligerents United Nations: Republic of Korea Australia Belgium Canada Colombia Ethiopia France Greece Luxembourg Netherlands New Zealand Philippines South Africa Thailand Turkey United Kingdom United States Naval Support and Military Servicing/Repairs: Japan Medical staff: Denmark Italy Norway India Sweden DPR Korea PR China Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee Chung... Belligerents Argentina United Kingdom Commanders President Leopoldo Galtieri Vice-Admiral Juan Lombardo Brigadier-General Ernesto Crespo Brigade-General Mario Menéndez Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse Rear-Admiral John “Sandy” Woodward Major-General Jeremy Moore Casualties and losses 649 killed 1,068 wounded 11,313 taken prisoner... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... Commodore-in-Chief is an honorary Royal Navy appointment bestowed by the Queen on various members of the Royal Family on 8th August 2006. ... Royal Highness (abbreviation HRH) is a style (His Royal Highness or Her Royal Highness); plural Royal Highnesses (abbreviation TRH, Their Royal Highnesses). ... The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (Andrew Albert Christian Edward; born 19 February 1960) is a member of the British Royal Family, the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II. He has held the title of Duke of York since 1986. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links RAF-Roundel. ... A ground attack aircraft is an aircraft that is designed to operate very close to the ground, supporting infantry and tanks directly in battle. ... The BAE Systems/Boeing Harrier II (GR5, GR7, and GR9 series) is a second generation vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) jet aircraft used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and, since 2006, the Royal Navy. ... The Westland Lynx is a helicopter designed by Westland and built at Westlands factory in Yeovil, first flying on 21 March 1971 as the Westland WG.13. ... A patrol bomber, or patrol aircraft, is an airplane designed to operate for long times over water in an anti-shipping or anti-submarine role. ... The RAF Merlin HC3 is a medium support helicopter of the Royal Air Force. ... The Westland Lynx is a helicopter designed by Westland and built at Westlands factory in Yeovil, first flying on 21 March 1971 as the Westland WG.13. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Slingsby T67M-260 Firefly of the British Defence Elementary Flying Training School Slingsby T67M Firefly Slingsby Firefly T67C cockpit The Slingsby T-67 Firefly is a two-seat aerobatic training aircraft, built by Slingsby Aviation in Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire, England. ... The Grob Tutor is a single-engined low-wing monoplane used as a basic training aircraft by the Royal Air Force (RAF). ... The BAE Systems (BAE) Hawk is an advanced jet trainer which first flew in 1974 as the Hawker Siddeley Hawk. ... The Handley Page HP.137 Jetstream was a small twin turboprop airliner, with a pressurised fuselage, designed to meet the requirements of the United States feederliner and regional airline market. ... For the original Viking use of the name, see Sea-King. ... Image File history File links Naval_Ensign_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Naval Service is the maritime branch of the British Armed Forces. ... This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... HMS Illustrious (R06), an Invincible class aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy, and current flagship of the First Sea Lord. ... The Royal Navy Submarine Service - sometimes known as the Silent Service, on account of a submarine being required to operate quietly in order to remain undetected by enemy SONAR (or ASDIC as it was known in the RN pre-1948) - is the collective name given to the submarine element of... The Royal Navy Regulating Branch is the military police branch of the British Royal Navy. ... “RNR” redirects here. ... Queen Alexandras Royal Naval Nursing Service, known as QARNNS, is a part of the Naval Service of the United Kingdom responsible for providing nursing support to the Royal Navy. ... The Royal Marines (RM) are the marines and amphibious infantry of the United Kingdom and, along with the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, form the Naval Service [2]. They are also the United Kingdoms amphibious force and specialists in mountain and Arctic warfare. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The British Royal Navy does not have a well-defined moment of formation; it started out as a motley assortment of Kings ships during the Middle Ages, assembled only as needed and then dispersed, began to take shape as a standing navy during the 16th century, and became a... The Corps of Royal Marines, the land fighting element of the Royal Navy, was formed as part of the naval service in 1755. ... At the beginning of the 1990s, the Royal Navy was a force designed for the Cold War - with its three small aircraft carriers and a force of ASW frigates and destroyers, its main purpose was to search for and destroy Soviet submarines in the North Atlantic. ... This is a list of active Royal Navy ships, complete and correct as of 2006. ... Although the majority of the Royal Navy fleet, unless required, remains training and exercising in and around Home Waters, the Navy has a number of standing commitments, including those held for contingent operations, to provide ships for various missions around the world: // Fleet Flagship and R2 Carrier Normally two aircraft... Flag of the Lord High Admiral The Admiralty was formerly the authority in the United Kingdom responsible for the command of the Royal Navy. ... This is a list of senior officers of the Royal Navy. ... The uniforms of the Royal Navy have gradually evolved over the last three centuries, since the first uniform regulations for officers were issued by Lord Anson in 1748. ... History Insignia for officers was first introduced in 1748, with differences in rank being seen in the cut of the lapels and the cuffs. ... The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is the United Kingdom government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy and is the headquarters of the British Armed Forces. ... The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) is the service that keeps the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom running around the world. ... Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service ensign The Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service is a British Government agency which runs a variety of small support vessels for the Royal Navy. ... This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... The AgustaWestland EH101 (AW101 from June 2007) is a medium-lift helicopter for military applications but also marketed for civil use. ... For the original Viking use of the name, see Sea-King. ... The Westland Lynx is a helicopter designed by Westland and built at Westlands factory in Yeovil, first flying on 21 March 1971 as the Westland WG.13. ... For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ... The BAE Systems/Boeing Harrier II (GR5, GR7, and GR9 series) is a second generation vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) jet aircraft used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and, since 2006, the Royal Navy. ... The Westland Lynx is a helicopter designed by Westland and built at Westlands factory in Yeovil, first flying on 21 March 1971 as the Westland WG.13. ... Westland Wasp The Westland Wasp was a general purpose helicopter, basically a derivative of the British Army Scout helicopter, with the requirement of being small enough to land on Royal Navy frigates. ... Reproduction of a Sopwith Camel biplane flown by Lt. ... Fairey Swordfish The Fairey Swordfish was a torpedo bomber built by the Fairey Aviation Company and used by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during World War II. Affectionately known as the Stringbag by its crews, it was outdated by 1939, but achieved some spectacular successes during the...

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History

Beginnings

The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was first established in January 1914 under the Air Department of the Admiralty . By the outbreak of the First World War in August, it had more aircraft under its control than the Army's Royal Flying Corps (RFC). The main roles of the RNAS were fleet reconnaissance, patrolling coasts for enemy ships and submarines, attacking enemy coastal territory and defending Britain from enemy air-raids. In April 1918 the RNAS, which at this time had 67,000 officers and men, 2,949 aircraft, 103 airships and 126 coastal stations, was merged with the RFC to form the Royal Air Force. Personnel of No 1 Squadron RNAS in late 1914 The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was the air arm of the Royal Navy until near the end of World War I, when it merged with the British Armys Royal Flying Corps (RFC) to form the Royal Air Force. ... Personnel of No 1 Squadron RNAS in late 1914 The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was the air arm of the Royal Navy until near the end of World War I, when it merged with the British Armys Royal Flying Corps (RFC) to form the Royal Air Force. ... The Air Department of the British Admiralty was established prior to World War I by Winston Churchill. ... Flag of the Lord High Admiral The Admiralty was formerly the authority in the United Kingdom responsible for the command of the Royal Navy. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was the over-land air arm of the British military during most of World War I. // Formed by Royal Warrant on 13 May 1912, the RFC superseded the Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers. ... RAF redirects here. ...


Fleet Air Arm

On 1 April 1924, the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Air Force was formed, encompassing those RAF units that normally embarked on aircraft carriers and fighting ships.[2] On 14 May 1937 the Fleet Air Arm was returned to Admiralty control[3] under the Inskip Award and officially renamed the Air Branch of the Royal Navy. At the onset of the Second World War, the Fleet Air Arm consisted of 20 squadrons with only 232 aircraft. By the end of the war the strength of the Fleet Air Arm was: 59 aircraft carriers, 3,700 aircraft, 72,000 officers and men and 56 air stations all over the world. The aircraft carrier had replaced the battleship as the Fleet's capital ship and its aircraft were now strike weapons in their own right. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the rap album, see 1924 (album). ... is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag of the Lord High Admiral The Admiralty was formerly the authority in the United Kingdom responsible for the command of the Royal Navy. ... Thomas Walker Hobart Inskip, 1st Viscount Caldecote was a British politician who served in many legal posts, culminating in serving as Lord Chancellor from 1939 until 1940. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Four aircraft carriers, (bottom-to-top) Principe de Asturias, amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, USS Forrestal and light V/STOL carrier HMS Invincible, showing size differences of late 20th century carriers An aircraft carrier is a warship designed to deploy and recover aircraft, acting as a sea-going airbase. ... For other uses, see Battleship (disambiguation). ... The capital ships of a navy are its important warships; the ones with the heaviest firepower and armor. ...


Post-war history

After the war the FAA faced the difficulty of flying jet aircraft from their carriers. The jet aircraft of the era were considerably less effective at low speeds than propeller aircraft, but propeller aircraft could not effectively fight jets at the high speeds flown by jet-aeroplanes. The FAA took on its first jet, the Sea Vampire, in the late 1940s. The Sea Vampire was itself the first jet credited with taking off and landing on a carrier. The Air Arm continued with high-powered prop aircraft alongside the new jets resulting in the FAA's being woefully outpowered during the Korean War. Nevertheless, jets were not yet wholly superior to propeller aircraft and a flight of ground-attack Hawker Sea Furies downed a MiG-15 and damaged others in a single engagement. Jet aircraft are aircrafts with jet engines. ... The de Havilland DH.100 Vampire was the second jet-engined aircraft commissioned by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War (the first being the Gloster Meteor), although it did not see combat in that conflict. ... Belligerents United Nations: Republic of Korea Australia Belgium Canada Colombia Ethiopia France Greece Luxembourg Netherlands New Zealand Philippines South Africa Thailand Turkey United Kingdom United States Naval Support and Military Servicing/Repairs: Japan Medical staff: Denmark Italy Norway India Sweden DPR Korea PR China Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee Chung... The Sea Fury was a British fighter aircraft developed for the Fleet Air Arm by Hawker during the Second World War. ... The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Russian: ) (NATO reporting name Fagot) was a jet fighter developed for the USSR by Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich. ...


As jets became larger, more powerful and faster they required more space to take off and land. The US Navy simply built much larger carriers. The Royal Navy had a few large carriers built and completed after the end of the war but a more "natural" solution was looked for. This led to the introduction of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier VTOL aircraft, which could be operated effectively from any size of ship. Defence cuts across the British armed forces during the 1960s led to the outright cancellation of all Royal Navy aircraft carriers, but by sleight-of-hand a new series of cruiser-sized carriers, the Invincible class, were built and equipped with the Sea Harrier. Today the Harrier forms the basis of the RN's fixed-wing strike forces. The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... See also BAE Sea Harrier The Hawker Siddeley Harrier and the AV-8A are the first generation of the Harrier series, a successful close-support and reconnaissance fighter aircraft with V/STOL capabilities. ... The Hawker Harrier, one of the famous examples of a plane with VTOL capability. ... USS Port Royal (CG-73), a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser (really an uprated guided missile destroyer), launched in 1992. ... The sixth (and current) HMS Invincible. ... The BAE Systems Sea Harrier is a British naval VTOL/STOVL jet fighter, reconnaissance and attack aircraft, a development of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier. ...


Helicopters also became important combat vehicles in their own right starting in the 1960s. At first they were employed on the carriers alongside the fixed-wing aircraft, but as time went on they were also deployed on most smaller ships as well. Today at least one helicopter is found on all ships of frigate size or larger. Wasps and Sea Harriers played an active part in the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict, whereas Lynx helicopters played a significant attack role against Iraqi patrol boats in the 1991 Gulf War and Commando Sea Kings assisted in suppressing rebel forces in Sierra Leone. For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ... For the bird, see Frigatebird. ... Belligerents Argentina United Kingdom Commanders President Leopoldo Galtieri Vice-Admiral Juan Lombardo Brigadier-General Ernesto Crespo Brigade-General Mario Menéndez Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse Rear-Admiral John “Sandy” Woodward Major-General Jeremy Moore Casualties and losses 649 killed 1,068 wounded 11,313 taken prisoner... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ...


The Fleet Air Arm has a museum on the edge of RNAS Yeovilton (HMS Heron) in Somerset. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is about the county of Somerset in England. ...


FAA today

The Fleet Air Arm has approximately 6,200 personnel, which is over 10% of the Royal Navy's total strength. They operate about 200 combat aircraft and over 50 support and training aircraft. The Harrier GR9 strike aircraft, along with the Harrier T12 two-seat trainer variant are shared with the Royal Air Force as part of the Joint Force Harrier, naval pilots train to fly the Harrier at the Joint Force Harrier Operational Conversion Unit (20(R) Squadron) at RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire. The BAE Systems/Boeing Harrier II (GR5, GR7, and GR9 series) is a second generation vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) jet aircraft used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and, since 2006, the Royal Navy. ... No. ... RAF Wittering is a Royal Air Force station near Stamford, Lincolnshire. ...


Squadrons

Fleet Air Arm squadrons are named "# NAS", where # is a cardinal number; and NAS stands for Naval Air Squadron. The nomenclature used by the FAA is to assign numbers in the 700-799 range to training and operational conversion squadrons and numbers in the 800-899 range to operational squadrons. During WWII the 1700 and 1800 ranges were also used for operational squadrons. Aleph-0, the smallest infinite cardinal In mathematics, cardinal numbers, or cardinals for short, are generalized numbers used to measure the cardinality (size) of sets. ...


Squadrons presently active in the FAA are:

Squadrons that were active at some point can be found in the Squadron List. 702 Naval Air Squadron (702 NAS) is a naval squadron of the Royal Navys Fleet Air Arm. ... 727 Naval Air Squadron is a squadron of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. ... 750 Naval Air Squadron (Teach and Strike) founded on 24 May 1939 from the Royal Navy Observer School. ... 771 Naval Air Squadron (motto: non nobis solum) was formed in 1939 at Lee-on-Solent as a Fleet Requirements Unit flying a variety of fixed wing aircraft. ... 800 Naval Air Squadron is a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier based squadron formed on 3 April 1933 by amalgamating Nos 402 and 404 (Fleet Fighter) Flights. ... 801 Naval Air Squadron 801 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) was the last Fleet Air Arm squadron to operate the Sea Harrier FA2. ... 815 NAS (motto Strike Deep) is currently based at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset UK and is the front line Lynx Naval Air Squadron of the Royal Navys Fleet Air Arm. ... 845 Naval Air Squadron is a squadron of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. ... 846 Naval Air Squadron is a squadron of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. ... 847 Naval Air Squadron is a squadron of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. ... The Royal Marines (RM) are the marines and amphibious infantry of the United Kingdom and, along with the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, form the Naval Service [2]. They are also the United Kingdoms amphibious force and specialists in mountain and Arctic warfare. ... 848 Naval Air Squadron is a squadron of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. ... 849 Naval Air Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm formed on 1 August 1943 at the Rhode Island Quonset Point Naval Air Station with Avenger Is. ... Formed with Avenger IIs as an anti-shipping squadron on 1 Jan 1944 at Squantum in the USA. Operated over the English Channel in the run-up to D-Day, it subsequently served for a year in the Far East. ... On 1 Apr 1944, 857 NAS formed at Squantum (Dennison Field, Mass. ... This is a list of Fleet Air Arm squadrons. ...


Operational Aircraft

The FAA operates both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The FAA uses the same designation system for aircraft as the RAF. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2009x1384, 575 KB) Royal Navy AgustaWestland EH101 Merlin HM.1 helicopter at the Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2009x1384, 575 KB) Royal Navy AgustaWestland EH101 Merlin HM.1 helicopter at the Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. ... The AgustaWestland EH101 (AW101 from June 2007) is a medium-lift helicopter for military applications but also marketed for civil use. ... Generally, aircraft in British military service were known by names assigned by their manufacturer, or (for various imported types) bestowed upon them by the first military service to bring them into service. ...


Four different types of fixed-wing aircraft are operated by the FAA; three for training, and one operationally.


Pilot training is carried out using the Grob Tutor and Slingsby Firefly. The Grob Tutor is a single-engined low-wing monoplane used as a basic training aircraft by the Royal Air Force (RAF). ... Slingsby T67M Firefly The T-67 Firefly is a two seater military training aircraft, built by Slingsby Aviation in Kirbymoorside, Yorkshire, England. ...


Observer training is done in the Jetstream T2. The Handley Page HP.137 Jetstream was a small twin turboprop airliner, with a pressurised fuselage, designed to meet the requirements of the United States feederliner and regional airline market. ...


By far the most famous of the fixed-wing aircraft of the FAA was the Sea Harrier FA2. Its primary role was as a fleet defence fighter, using AMRAAM missiles, but it also carried out strike and Suppression of Enemy Air Defence missions using bombs. It has been replaced in FAA service by the Harrier GR7/GR9, which is a dedicated ground attack variant, leaving a significant capability shortfall with regard to air-to-air defence and anti-shipping attack. The BAE Systems Sea Harrier is a British naval VTOL/STOVL jet fighter, reconnaissance and attack aircraft, a development of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier. ... The AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range, Air-to-Air Missile, or AMRAAM (pronounced am-ram), commonly known to air crews as the Slammer, is a new generation air-to-air missile, developed as the result of an agreement between the United States and other NATO countries (see below). ... SEAD, or Suppression of Enemy Air Defences operations are military actions to suppress enemy surface-based air defences (SAMs and AAA) primiarily in, but not limited to, the first hours of an attack. ... The BAE Systems/Boeing Harrier II (GR5/GR7/GR9 series) is a second generation vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) jet aircraft used by the Royal Air Force (RAF). ...


The fourth type is the Hawk T1, which is used to simulate enemy aircraft for a variety of training purposes, from AEW to Fighter Control, to air-to-air combat for Harrier pilots. The BAE Systems (BAE) Hawk is an advanced jet trainer which first flew in 1974 as the Hawker Siddeley Hawk. ... An Airborne Early Warning (AEW) system is a radar system carried by an aircraft which is designed to detect other aircraft. ...


Today the larger section of the FAA is the rotary-wing part. Its aviators fly four different types of helicopter, and within each type there are usually several marks/versions which carry out different roles.


The oldest aircraft in the fleet is the venerable Sea King, which performs a variety of missions in several versions. The Sea King HC4 serves as a medium-lifter and troop-transporter in support of the Royal Marines. The HAS5U model operates in the search and rescue and utility roles, while the Sea King HU5 is designed specifically for search and rescue work (although it should be noted that the HAS5Us are often called HU5s as well). The HAS6C is used for assault transport training; and finally the ASaC7 operates in the Airborne Early Warning role on board Britain's aircraft carriers. For the original Viking use of the name, see Sea-King. ... The Royal Marines (RM) are the marines and amphibious infantry of the United Kingdom and, along with the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, form the Naval Service [2]. They are also the United Kingdoms amphibious force and specialists in mountain and Arctic warfare. ... Search and Rescue (acronym SAR) is an operation mounted by emergency services, often well-trained volunteers, to find someone believed to be in distress, lost, sick or injured either in a remote or difficult to access area, such as mountains, desert or forest (Wilderness search and rescue), or at sea... The Westland Sea King ASaC7 is a Royal Navy helicopter operated in the Airborne Surveillance and Area Control (ASaC) role, previously the Airborne Early Warning (AEW) role. ... United States Air Force E-3 Sentry An Airborne Early Warning (AEW) system is a radar system carried by an aircraft which is designed to detect other aircraft. ...


Intermediate in age is the Lynx. The Lynx AH7s, serve the FAA in the observation and anti-armour helicopter roles, but are mainly a light-lift helicopter. Along with the Sea King HC4s, they are part of the Commando Helicopter Force, which provides support to 3 Commando Brigade of the Royal Marines. The Westland Lynx is a helicopter designed by Westland and built at Westlands factory in Yeovil, first flying on 21 March 1971 as the Westland WG.13. ... The Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) is a component of the British Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. ... 3 Commando Brigade is the main manoeuvre force of the British Royal Marines. ...


The surface combatants of the Royal Navy have their helicopters provided for the most part by the Lynx HAS3 and HMA8 aircraft. These Lynxes have primarily an anti-submarine warfare role and anti-surface vessel role. They are able to fire the Sea Skua anti-surface missile, which was most prominently used to combat the Iraqi navy in the 1991 Gulf War. In addition, it can be armed with Stingray air-launched torpedoes and depth charges for anti-submarine warfare, as well as a machine gun. The Lynx was originally envisaged for surface combatants that were too small for the Sea King, but now equips most surface ships of the Royal Navy. Sea Skua Type air-to-surface Nationality United Kingdom Era 1980-Present Launch platform Helicopted launched Target shipping History Builder British Aerospace Dynamics (now MBDA) Date of design Production period Service duration Operators UK, Brazil, Germany, Malaysia Variants ? Number built ? Specifications Type anti-shipping Diameter 0. ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ...


The newest helicopter in the FAA is the Merlin HM1. This has now replaced the Sea King HAS6 in the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) role, and is deployed on aircraft carriers in addition to some of the other surface ships of the Royal Navy. The EH101 airframe is also one of the contenders to replace the Sea King ASaC7s in the AEW role on Britain's planned new aircraft carriers. The AgustaWestland EH101 is a medium-lift helicopter originally developed as a joint venture between Westland Helicopters in the UK and Agusta in Italy for military applications but also marketed for civil use. ... The AgustaWestland EH101 (AW101 from June 2007) is a medium-lift helicopter for military applications but also marketed for civil use. ... The Westland Sea King ASaC7 is a Royal Navy helicopter operated in the Airborne Surveillance and Area Control (ASaC) role, previously the Airborne Early Warning (AEW) role. ...


In 2000 the Sea Harrier force was merged with the RAF's Harrier GR7 fleet to form Joint Force Harrier. The Fleet Air Arm began withdrawing the Sea Harrier from service in 2004 with the disbandment of 800 NAS. 801 NAS disbanded on 28 March 2006 at RNAS Yeovilton (HMS Heron). 800 NAS re-formed with the Harrier GR9. Once this is fully operational, 801 NAS will then reform with the Harrier.The Royal Navy element of Joint Force Harrier is termed Naval Strike Wing. See also Hawker Siddeley Harrier The BAE SYSTEMS Harrier FA2 is the latest development of the Sea Harrier fighter/attack aircraft which entered service with the Royal Navy in April 1980. ... RAF redirects here. ... The BAE Systems/Boeing Harrier II (GR5/GR7/GR9 series) is a second generation vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) jet aircraft used by the Royal Air Force (RAF). ... Missing image RAF Harrier GR7 Joint Force Harrier is a defence proposal brought by the British Government as part of Strategic Defence Review. ... 800 Naval Air Squadron is a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm carrier based squadron formed on 3 April 1933 by amalgamating Nos 402 and 404 (Fleet Fighter) Flights. ... 801 Naval Air Squadron 801 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) was the last Fleet Air Arm squadron to operate the Sea Harrier FA2. ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Future Plans

F-35 in RN colours

The Royal Navy plans to replace the Harrier force with the STOVL F-35B Lightning II from 2014.These new aircraft will operate from the Navy's new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, which are expected to be almost three times larger than the current carriers and operate about 40 aircraft and helicopters. Image File history File links RN_F-35. ... Image File history File links RN_F-35. ... STOVL is an acronym for Short Take Off and Vertical Landing. ... This article is about a fighter aircraft. ... The Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers (formerly CVF)[4] are a new generation of aircraft carrier being developed for the United Kingdoms Royal Navy. ...


Notable members

A Royal Navy captains rank insignia. ... Captain Henry Fancourt DSO, RN (April 1, 1900 - January 8, 2004) was a pioneering naval aviator, and held important aviation commands with the Fleet Air Arm during World War II. Fancourt died January 8, 2004 at the age of 103. ... Henry William Allingham (born June 6, 1896) is a supercentenarian World War I veteran and Britains oldest living man. ... Belligerents Grand Fleet of the Royal Navy High Seas Fleet of the Kaiserliche Marine Commanders Sir John Jellicoe Sir David Beatty Reinhard Scheer Franz von Hipper Strength 28 battleships 9 battlecruisers 8 armoured cruisers 26 light cruisers 78 destroyers 1 minelayer 1 seaplane carrier 16 battleships 5 battlecruisers 6 pre... In the Royal Navy, United States Navy and United States Coast Guard, a lieutenant commander (lieutenant-commander or Lt Cdr in the RN) is a commissioned officer superior to a lieutenant and inferior to a commander. ... The German battleship Bismarck is one of the most famous warships of the Second World War. ... is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... In the Royal Navy, United States Navy and United States Coast Guard, a lieutenant commander (lieutenant-commander or Lt Cdr in the RN) is a commissioned officer superior to a lieutenant and inferior to a commander. ... Missing image Photo submitted by Neil Hutton Eugene Esmonde (VC, DSO) was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. ... For other uses, see Victoria Cross (disambiguation). ... DSO medal The Distinguished Service Order (DSO) is a military decoration of the United Kingdom, and formerly of other Commonwealth countries, awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically in actual combat. ... Fairey Swordfish The Fairey Swordfish was a torpedo bomber built by the Fairey Aviation Company and used by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during World War II. Affectionately known as the Stringbag by its crews, it was outdated by 1939, but achieved some spectacular successes during the... is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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This is a list of air stations of the Royal Navy. ... This is a list of Fleet Air Arm squadrons. ... This is a list of aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm. ... The Fleet Air Arm (more formally known as the Australian Navy Aviation Group) is the operational part of the Royal Australian Navy responsible for the operation of aircraft aboard ship. ... This is a list of currently-active military aircraft in use by the United Kingdom. ... RAF redirects here. ... This List of RAF stations is a comprehensive list of all stations, airbases, airfields and administrative headquarters of the Royal Air Force - past and present. ...

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  1. ^ About Fleet Air Arm
  2. ^ Sea Your History - Interwar: Fleet Air Arm
  3. ^ Fleet Air Arm Officers' Association - Notable Dates
  4. ^ Jutland Veteran Celebrated as Hologram. IWM. “Britain’s oldest man and the last known survivor of the Battle of Jutland, Henry Allingham aged 109 has been captured as a hologram”
  • Ray Sturtivant & Theo Ballance, The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm, first edition 1994, Air Britain, Kent UK, ISBN 0-85130-223-8.
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