700 NAS

700X Naval Air Squadron

700X – X for ‘Xperimental’ – Naval Air Squadron will be at the vanguard of the Fleet Air Arm’s venture into the world of unmanned flight with ‘eyes in the sky’ pilotless aircraft.

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The squadron has been established at RNAS Culdrose to oversee the deployment of ScanEagle Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) and to pave the way for similar aircraft in the future.

It’s one of the smallest units in the Royal Navy – the three ScanEagle flights total six RN personnel (one officer as Flight Commander, plus one petty officer as the Senior Maintenance Rating each), and a handful of headquarters staff.

700 Naval Air Squadron – motto experentia docet (experience teaches) – is one of the varied units in Fleet Air Arm history, having flown most aircraft and helicopters the Royal Navy has operated for the past 75 years.

It is formed to test and evaluate new aircraft ready for use by front-line squadrons and most recently as 700M and 700W has helped with the introduction of Merlin and Wildcat helicopters.

700X NAS recently passed it’s 100 hour of succesful COTS mini multirotor operations – quite a milestone given the average sortie length is 20 minutes.

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Commanding officer Pete Whitehead

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Pete Whitehead joined the Royal Navy in 1994, he assumed command of 700X in July 2017

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