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702 NAS

702 Naval Air Squadron

702 Naval Air Squadron trains all ground and air crew for our sister front-line maritime Lynx squadron, 815 NAS. Based at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, our squadron feeds 815 Naval Air Squadron with more than a dozen aircrew and in excess of 100 maintainers, courtesy of our 160 experienced personnel. The training unit also provides refresher instruction annually for up to 50 fliers who’ve spent some time away from the Lynx community. For Lynx newcomers fresh from basic helicopter training at RAF Shawbury, or from the observer training squadron 750 NAS, there are 12 months of hard graft ahead as they learn how to fly – and fight – the world’s fastest helicopter.

Lynx Mk8

All manner of instruction is required: rapid roping boarding teams, search and rescue, load lifting, ferrying passengers around, providing the eyes for naval gunfire as well as the traditional roles of maritime interdiction and submarine hunting. That instruction reaches its climax with an intensive training period at sea. At the same time, the Lynx ground crew are undergoing thorough operational training – which includes going to sea so they can learn how to maintain the helicopter in the confines of a warship at sea. The squadron is also the home of the award-winning Black Cats – the Royal Navy’s official helicopter display team. The display contains two helicopters flying close, fast passes, and dramatic synchronised manoeuvres. The team perform at air shows throughout the country over the summer display season.

For more information and merchandise regarding the Black Cats - click on the links below  




Glyn Owen

HMS Ocean, HMS Iron Duke
Military experience

Commander Glyn Owen joined the Royal Navy in September 1992. Following his Basic Officer Training a short holdover in Scotland allowed him to qualify as a mountain leader and then subsequently work extensively with the RAF Mountain Rescue Team. He then went on to complete his Observer Flying Training, having been streamed into the Lynx Helicopter Force at Portland, Dorset.

Awarded his Wings at 702 Naval Air Squadron as a Lynx Observer in 1996, he went on to serve in 815 Naval Air Squadron on Front Line helicopter flights, initially deploying to the West Indies with HMS Liverpool in direct support of humanitarian operations in Montserrat post the devastating 1997 eruptions of the Soufriere Hills volcano.

Moving to colder climes, he went on to the South Atlantic, operating around the Falkland Islands and Antarctica on board the Ice Patrol ship HMS Endurance. Continuing with Front Line operations, he then deployed with HMS Cumberland to the Mediterranean and Middle East in support of the NATO Standing Naval Force employed on Op Active Endeavour as well as Air Operations in Iraq. During this period, he was also involved in Search and Rescue operations in Greek waters recovering the passengers from MV Express Samina, a ferry which had sunk at night with several hundred people on board.

Qualifying as a Helicopter Warfare and Observer Instructor in 2002, he returned to 702 Naval Air Squadron as the Warfare Officer, primarily teaching advanced warfare and tactics to Lynx students, before subsequently returning to the South Atlantic and Caribbean as a Flight Commander on board HMS Iron Duke and RFA Wave Knight, where his team achieved the UK’s first counter narcotics intercept utilising airborne snipers.

Outside of core aviation he has served in Brussels as the Aide de Camp and Assistant to the UK Military Representative to NATO and the EU, as the Air Operations Officer in HMS Ocean during deployments to Norway and the Far East, and then back to flying as the Senior Observer and Executive Officer of 815 Naval Air Squadron. Selected for promotion to Commander in 2012, he was assigned to the Joint Service Command and Staff Course at the Defence Academy to complete the Advanced Command and Staff Course.

Cdr Owen lives in Hampshire, where his daughter remains the focus of his life away from work. He continues to pursue his love of mountain sports, especially climbing and mountaineering when the opportunities present themselves, whilst remaining a keen cyclist.




Royal Navy Lynx helicopters train on warship
Royal Navy Lynx helicopters train on warship
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Prestigious Australia Shield awarded to Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force
Prestigious Australia Shield awarded to Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force
29 July 2013

The Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force (LWMF) was awarded the prestigious...

A double take for 702 Naval Air Squadron
A Royal Navy Double take for the Fleet Air Arm
21 March 2013

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Dauntless makes history training future front-line Naval aviators
Dauntless makes history training future front-line Naval aviators
12 February 2013

For the first time three Fleet Air Arm helicopters have...



Hours flown by squadron in 2010


Number of ratings


Fuel used in 2010


Distance flown by 702 crews in 2010

330,000 nautical miles

Hours flown by a student in a Lynx before earning their wings

160 / 40 Aircraft / Simulator

Average number of deck landings before qualifying


Number of students per year


M3M machine-gun rounds fired last year




Number of Officers




702 Naval Air Squadron HISTORY

  • Formation - Second Battle Squadron

    702 Naval Air Squadron traces its history back to July 1936 and 702 Flight, which flew Walrus and Seal aircraft with 2nd Battle Squadron before flying Fairey Seafoxes from armed merchant cruisers during World War 2.

  • War in the Far East

    The Squadron was disbanded in 1943, but stood up again towards the war’s end to support the war in the Far East. Unfortunately, they arrived in the Pacific three weeks after the Japanese threw in the towel.

  • The Next Incarnation

    The next incarnation of the squadron was as the RN’s Jet Evaluation and Training Unit flying Sea Vampires, Meteors and, latterly, Supermarine Attackers, until it was re-badged as part of 736 NAS in 1952.

  • A Training Squadron

    After a brief reappearance in the late 50s as a training squadron giving non-Fleet Air Arm Navy personnel a taste of flight, the most recent variant of 702 was formed in Yeovilton in 1978.

  • Yeovilton

    Has been a training unit at Portland (1982-99) and today at Yeovilton with the motto 'cave ungues felis': beware the claws of the cat.

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