705 Naval Air Squadron

The squadron, part of No.1 Flying Training School at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire, is where all RN, RAF and Army pilots are put through their paces learning basic helicopter flying techniques.

Facts & figures

705 naval air squadron

Facts & figures

370+ miles

Maximum range

12 metres

Total length

140+ knots

Top speed

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705 naval air squadron

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Dave Forrest

Dave joined the Royal Navy as a Sub-Lieutenant in 2006 and has flown the Sea King Mk4 on operations and exercises around the world, from Afghanistan to Africa. As well as time on Fixed Wing aircraft he has, as a Qualified Helicopter Instructor (QHI), taught at RAF Shawbury on the Squirrel, Juno and Jupiter helicopters.

705 Naval Air Squadron's role

The veteran pilots of 705 Naval Air Squadron provide intensive helicopter flight training to would-be Royal Navy pilots – in fact, every helicopter pilot in the Royal Navy will have trained under their watchful eye.

The syllabus includes non-procedural instrument flying, basic night flying, low-level and formation flying, winching, and even mountain flying. As of April 2018, 705 NAS trains pilots and aircrew from all three services under 2 Maritime Air Wing.

Unit history

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