705 Naval Air Squadron

The squadron, part of the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire, is where all RN pilots are put through their paces. Every Royal Navy rotary pilot will be trained at 705 NAS.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

370+ miles

Maximum range

12 metres

Total length

140+ knots

Top speed

Our base

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Phil Crompton

Phil joined the Royal Navy as a Midshipman in 1996 and has flown the Sea King Mk6 and the Lynx Mk8 on operations around the world, from the Gulf to the South Atlantic. A Qualified Helicopter Instructor (QHI), he has taught at RAF Shawbury and RNAS Yeovilton.


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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