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820 Naval Air Squadron
Organisation / Units & Squadrons

820 Naval Air Squadron

820 NAS is the dedicated helicopter squadron for HMS Queen Elizabeth: the Royal Navy’s awe-inspiring new breed of aircraft carrier.


Led by Commander K. Snel, the primary warfighting role of 820 Naval Air Squadron is the seeking out and destruction of enemy submarines. However, the Merlin’s versatility means that the unit is capable of performing any number of duties, from all-weather search and rescue operations to transporting cargo and troops.

Merlin helicopter

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