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820 Naval Air Squadron

820 NAS is the dedicated helicopter squadron for HMS Queen Elizabeth: the Royal Navy’s awe-inspiring new breed of aircraft carrier.

820 Naval Air Squadron is currently on deployment

Carrier Strike Group


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Carrier Strike Group


The Carrier Strike Group is our nation's spearhead. The role of the Carrier Strike Group is to act as a self-contained force that can work independently or as part of wider operations.

Commanding Officer

Commander Ian Varley

Ian Varley joined the Royal Navy in 1988 as a General List Seaman Officer under the University Cadetship Entry scheme, he has seen operational service in Kosovo, the Gulf and the Horn of Africa.


820 Naval Air Squadron's role

The primary warfighting role of 820 Naval Air Squadron is the seeking out and destruction of enemy submarines – although the Merlin’s versatility means that the unit is capable of performing any number of duties, from all-weather search and rescue operations to transporting cargo and troops.

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