736 Naval Air Squadron

736 Naval Air Squadron provides airborne threat simulations that allow realistic training at sea.

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736 Naval Air Squadron is the Royal Navy’s Maritime Aggressor Squadron and it is equipped with 14 Hawk T Mk1 twin seat fast jet aircraft.  

The unit is based at RNAS Culdrose (with a small detachment operating from RNAS Yeovilton) and provides simulated ship attack and airborne intercept training for the Royal Navy's Task Fleet undergoing pre-deployment operational work-ups.

These missions simulate enemy fighter aircraft attacking the ships, or high-speed sea-skimming missiles which are fired against ships to allow the crew to train in the procedures to avoid and reduce the damage caused.

The pilots also fly missions for the students of the Royal Navy School of Fighter Control. Fighter Controllers are responsible for controlling and guiding the friendly fighter assets assigned to a group of ships.

In a similar role, the aircraft are also tasked to support the training of RN Observers in the Airborne Early Warning role for 849, 854, and 857 NASs. These missions may involve airborne fighter control, as well as the identification of ground targets.

The Squadron is a blend of RN and contracted aircrew and forms the hub of RN Fast-Jet aviation during the transition to QE and the Joint Lightning Force (JLF).

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Unit History

Re-commissioned2013

736 Naval Air Squadron was re-commissioned on 6 June 2013 at RNAS Culdrose and replaced the units formerly known as Fleet Requirements and Direction Unit (FRADU) and Yeovilton Hawkjet.

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