RNAS Culdrose

Home to the Royal Navy’s maritime Merlins, Culdrose – just outside Helston on the Lizard Peninsula – is one of the largest helicopter bases in Europe. With 3,000 personnel, it is one of the biggest single-site employer in Cornwall, pumping £100m into the local economy every year.

This busy Air Station supplies skilled aviators, engineers and flight deck crews to protect Royal Navy Ships and Submarines, above, on and below the waves.

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.



Commanding Officer

Captain Stuart Finn

Highlights of Stuart's career have included staff tours as the Executive Assistant to Rear Admiral Fleet Air Arm and MOD as the Navy Plans SO1 for FinMilCap, where he was heavily involved in the National Security Capability Review and Modernising Defence Programme.


How to get there


RNAS Culdrose, Helston TR12 7RH

01326 574 121