820 NAS are HMS Queen Elizabeth’s official helicopter Squadron


It’s also an excellent communication exercise between front and rear seats – the pilot must react exactly to the instructions from the rear to put the helicopter exactly where they want it.

From the front, the pilot can only see left, right and ahead – they cannot see below or behind – so it is up to the rear crew to keep the helicopter from hitting anything.

All this training is good preparation for when 820 NAS will fly from our Nation’s new Aircraft Carrier.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will soon sail from her home port for rotary wing trial at sea, where she will undergo deck trials with Royal Navy helicopters.

820 Naval Air Squadron, based at RNAS Culdrose, is getting ready for this first embarkation. The Maritime Merlins will be joining in a Force Protection role.