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727 Naval Air Squadron
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727 Naval Air Squadron

You won’t find 727 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) in any combat zone – but as the unit that gives potential Royal Navy pilots their first taste of airborne life, it’s one of the most important in the Fleet Air Arm.


727 Naval Air Squadron’s primary role is to provide the Royal Navy with its newest aviators, both by assessing the suitability of potential Royal Navy pilots for further flight training, and by providing flight experiences to youth organisations through the Royal Navy Flying Scholarship.

The squadron offers introductory flight courses to Royal Navy personnel, cadets, and any member of the public who is considering a career in the Fleet Air Arm. The squadron plays a key role in discovering the next generation of Royal Navy pilots.


Based at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, 727 Naval Air Squadron is made up of just two full-time Royal Navy personnel, assisted by five civilian flying instructors.

The squadron can accommodate up to ten students at any one time. In addition to elementary flight training, students with the squadron can choose to experience aerobatics during their time in the cockpit.

The squadron’s motto is ‘Regere Mare, Regite Caelum’ (‘To Rule The Sea, Rule The Sky’).


Led by Lieutenant Commander Adam Jones, the pilots of 727 Air Squadron are among the most experienced in the Royal Navy. Their skills include:

  • Elementary flight training
  • Advanced flight training
  • Conversion training (rotary to fixed wing)
  • Navigation
  • Instrument flying
  • Formation flying
  • Aerobatics

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