825 Naval Air Squadron

The Wildcat is the latest and greatest of the military helicopters, and 825 NAS has the long tradition of bringing new bits of kit into the FAA.

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Our mission statement is: 

"To deliver first class training to aircrew and engineers whilst pioneering the generation and sustainment of front line Wildcat Flights for embarked operations worldwide."

The Squadron personnel consist of a small cadre of aircrew especially selected from the Lynx Helicopter Force for their experience in test flying, training and tactics.

825 NAS has been working to optimise operating procedures and ensure the safe and efficient delivery of Wildcat Operational Capability. 

This is known as the Tactical Development phase or TACDEV for short, and follows on from the testing done by the Combined Test Team of industry and military test pilots at Agusta-Westland have already proven the safety and compliance of the aircraft prior to its delivery.

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Commanding Officer Duncan Thomas

Duncan Thomas

Rank: Commander

Duncan Thomas joined the Royal Navy in 2003 as an ab-initio Observer, gaining his wings from 702 NAS flying the venerable Mk3 Lynx Helicopter. He took Command of 825 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton in March 2018.

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