1710 Squadron

This unique squadron is the only one of its kind in the world. Their speciality? Recovering, sustaining and enhancing our aircraft’s performance around the world. 

The 1710 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) has evolved since the 1930s to provide specialist scientific and engineering support both to the Air Fleet Arm and other services. The unit’s main role is to support current operations, making sure that UK military aircraft are ready and able at all times. 

Day-to-day, the team assess and repair of damaged helicopters and unmanned aerial systems, design and fit of modifications  to enhance the capabilities of our military aircraft, and provide advice and support on the material integrity and health of aircraft. 

The experts of NAS 1710 also provide specialist support with in-depth investigations following equipment failures and accidents.

1710 NAS is based in Portsmouth Dockyard, though its missions take the team around the world.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures


Amount saved by the MoD in technical innovations in 2017


Disciplines: repair, sustain, enhance


Aircraft recovered in 2017

Our base

Our base


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1710 Naval Air Squadron's role

This unique squadron has a broad range of tasks, projects and missions. From frontline repairs to empowering modifications, recent challenges include: 

  • Recovering aircraft from locations.
  • Developing enhancements GPS mounting solutions for aircraft.
  • Creating and installing an Airborne Traffic Avoidance System to keep our people safer in the skies. 
  • Designing, developing and integrating lifesaving medical equipment to support training in remote areas – saving the MoD circa £20million.
  • Providing advice on topics including the effects of volcanic ash on aircraft performance, how to best disinfect aircraft that have been in contact with for the Ebola virus, and how to kill mosquitos that carry the Zika virus.

Unit history

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