736 Naval Air Squadron

736 Naval Air Squadron provides airborne threat simulations that allow realistic training at sea.

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736 Naval Air Squadron is the Royal Navy’s Maritime Aggressor Squadron and it is equipped with 11 Hawk T Mk1 twin seat fast jet aircraft. 

The unit is based at RNAS Culdrose (occasionally sending a small detachment to operate from RNAS Yeovilton) and works in conjunction with Cobham Falcon 20 aircraft to provide simulated ship attack and airborne intercept training for the Royal Navy's Task Fleet undergoing pre-deployment operational work-ups.

These missions simulate enemy fighter aircraft attacking the ships, or high-speed sea-skimming missiles which are fired against ships to allow the crew to train in the procedures to avoid and reduce the damage caused. The squadron also supports numerous exercises including Europe’s largest, Joint Warrior. This UK led exercise sees 736NAS working alongside NATO and other allied countries and includes up to 50 naval vessels and 75 aircraft.

The pilots also fly missions for the students training with the Royal Navy School of Fighter Control. Fighter Controllers are responsible for controlling and guiding the friendly fighter assets assigned to a group of ships.

In a similar role, the aircraft are also tasked to support the training of RN Observers in the Airborne Early Warning role. These missions may involve airborne fighter control, as well as the identification of ground targets.

The Squadron forms the hub of RN Fast-Jet aviation during the transition to Joint Lightning Force, which will operate from the new Queen Elizabeth Class carriers.

RN fast-jet pilots train with new gravity equipment


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Unit History


736 Naval Air Squadron was re-commissioned on 6 June 2013 at RNAS Culdrose and replaced the units formerly known as Fleet Requirements and Direction Unit (FRADU) and Yeovilton Hawkjet.

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