New captain takes over command of RNAS Culdrose

Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose has a new commanding officer - Captain Stuart Finn, a highly experienced naval aviator and a familiar face at the air station.

As a Merlin helicopter observer, Captain Finn has served on various naval air squadrons at RNAS Culdrose including 750, 814, 820 and 824 NAS.

Delivering roles including counter-piracy, search and rescue, anti-submarine warfare and humanitarian aid, he has deployed on an array of operations during his previous time at Culdrose; in the Middle East, the Mediterranean, the Gulf and the Far East.

He has also spent time as an instructor training the next generation of maritime aviators.

His last role at Culdrose was as the commanding officer of 814 Naval Air Squadron, the Flying Tigers.

I join at a very exciting time for both Culdrose and for the wider Royal Navy, during a period of transformation. Our Cornish air station has always played a vital role within defence, supporting Royal Navy ships and submarines and keeping them safe from harm above, on and below the surface of the sea.

Captain Finn

Captain Finn is delighted and honoured to return to RNAS Culdrose and said: "As a Merlin aviator through and through, it is a huge privilege to take command of RNAS Culdrose.

“I join at a very exciting time for both Culdrose and for the wider Royal Navy, during a period of transformation.

Our Cornish air station has always played a vital role within defence, supporting Royal Navy ships and submarines and keeping them safe from harm above, on and below the surface of the sea.

“From protecting the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent, defending HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, keeping UK water’s safe or training future aviators back at Culdrose, there is no doubt that the Culdrose team is making a huge difference to naval operations.

“This role will continue to grow and during the next few years we will also see a rapid growth of our expertise in unmanned and autonomous air systems. These are hugely exciting times.”  

Captain Finn is also pleased to return to Cornwall due to family connections, as he explains: “I have very fond memories of Cornwall and am delighted to come home to a beautiful part of the country where I lived for more than 12 years.

“It is also poignant for me to return to Culdrose as commanding officer because it is a place where I have strong family connections. It was here that my daughter was born and my father, uncle and brother have all served at RNAS Culdrose too. So I am coming home in more than one sense.”

Captain Finn has taken over the command of the air station from Captain Anthony Rimington who has left to start a new role as the deputy principal staff officer to the Chief of Defence Staff.