814 Naval Air Squadron

Known throughout the Royal Navy as ‘the Flying Tigers’ due to their distinctive badge, 814 Naval Air Squadron use the fearsome Merlin helicopter to conduct anti-submarine warfare from the skies.

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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

8.5 tonnes

Total weight

19.5 metres

Total length

190+ knots

Top speed

Our operations

Current operation

Maritime Security


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Our base

Our base

RNAS Culdrose

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Commanding Officer

Commander S L Birchett

814 Naval Air Squadron's role

Maintained in a constant state of high readiness, 814 Naval Air Squadron uses the Merlin Mk2 anti-submarine helicopter to protect the Fleet from surface and sub-surface threats and to support maritime security operations.

This versatile squadron – known as the ‘Flying Tigers’ – also aids in search-and-rescue missions and the transportation of stores, equipment and personnel. In March 2018, the Flying Tigers merged with 829 NAS to become the Royal Navy’s largest ever Merlin Mk2 squadron.


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