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.

Our operations

Current operation



Operation Westlant is designed to put the Carrier Strike Group through its paces on the USA Eastern Seaboard.

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.

Unit history

Royal Navy careers

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