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 Adrian Orchard

Rank: Captain

Captain Orchard OBE joined the Royal Navy in 1986. He took command of RNAS Culdrose in January 2015.

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Location RNAS Culdrose

Culdrose Air day 2015

On Thursday 30th July, we are opening our gates - come and meet the Fleet Air Arm, the RN's flying force, at the 2015 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 on sale now! Admission Prices


Adults: £15.00 (£20.00 *on the day ~ save £5)
Children 5yrs-15yrs: £5.00 (£7.50 *on the day ~ save £2.50)
Family Ticket 2 Adults & 3 Children: £40.00 (£55.00 *on the day ~ save £15)

Children under 5 are free

No booking fees apply - Just a one off admin charge of £3.00 per transaction

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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70th Anniversary of the Royal Navy Aircraft Handlers Branch


RNAS Culdrose Latest News

Double celebration for Fleet Air Arm’s reservists


Navy Pilot clocks an impressive 8000 hours and still counting

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