RNAS Culdrose Royal Naval Air Station

Home to the Royal Navy’s Merlins plus a sizable proportion of its Sea Kings, Culdrose – just outside Helston on the Lizard Peninsula – is the largest helicopter base in Europe with some 75 aircraft and 3,000 personnel. It is the biggest single-site employer in Cornwall, pumping £100m into the local economy every year.

Commanding Officer Mark Garratt

Rank: Captain

Capt Mark Garratt joined the Royal Navy in 1980, he is now the Commanding Officer of RNAS Culdrose.

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Location RNAS Culdrose

Culdrose Air day

On Thursday 31st July, we are opening our gates - come and meet the Fleet Air Arm, the RN's flying force, at the 2014 Culdrose Air Day. 

You will be blown away by awesome flying displays, be able to meet the heroic Aircrew who fly our helicopters around the world, get up close to state-of-the art aircraft and learn all about life in the Royal Navy.

More than just an airshow!

Tickets admission Prices

Adult (16+): £14, Child (5-15yrs): £5, Family Ticket*  £35

On the Day
Adult (16+): £17, Child (5-15yrs): £6, Family* £40

Order online or ring 08444 99 99 55 to book by phone.

*Familiy Ticket is for 2 adults & 2 children (aged 5-15 yrs)

Rnas Culdrose's training Role


There are many training facilities at RNAS Culdrose including the Engineering and Merlin training facilities. You can also find the School of Flight Deck operations which trains students in the art of managing aircraft movements and tackle aircraft fires.

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Maritime Aviation Support Force

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