824 NAS

824 Naval Air Squadron

The expert pilots of 824 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) train recruits to fly and maintain the world’s number-one anti-submarine helicopter: the Merlin Mk 2.

824 Naval Air Squadron is currently on deployment


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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

19.5 metres

Total length

510+ miles


190+ mph

Top speed

Our operations

Current operation


United Kingdom

Putting our craft, kit and people through their paces so they perform to the highest standards.

Our base

Our base

RNAS Culdrose

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Commanding Officer

Commander Chris Jones

824 Naval Air Squadron's role

With the aid of eight helicopters and state-of-the-art simulators, 824 Naval Air Squadron provides the Royal Navy frontline helicopter squadrons with qualified pilots, aircrew and ground crew.

Trainee pilots, observers and aircrew work together as a team during the 44-week course, covering all aspects of Merlin operations – submarine hunting, boarding operations, search and rescue missions, counter-piracy, carrying cargo.

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