Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton is a large multi-role air station located in the scenic Somerset.
It is home to Royal Navy (RN) Sea Harrier F/A2s, RN Lynx Helicopters and RN Commando Helicopter Force. RNAS Yeovilton operates over 100 aircraft in four different categories and is manned by around 1675 service and 2000 civilian personnel including MoD employees and permanent contractors.
What? Sea Harriers
Where? RNAS Yeovilton
Training of aircrew and engineers of resident aircraft types is also carried out at Yeovilton. It is also the location for the RN Fighter Controller School, training surface based aircraft controllers.
899 Naval Air Squadron
899 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) is the largest of the Royal Navy’s Fighter Squadrons and is the Operational Conversion Unit for the Sea Harrier Force. Based at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, the primary task of the Squadron is to train pilots and engineers in the intricacies of the modern F/A2 jet.
The F/A2 is charged with providing Air Defence for the Fleet at sea and has the secondary roles of reconnaissance, strike and close air support. The aircraft is equipped with Blue Vixen multi-role Pulse Doppler Radar, and is armed with the advanced medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM), making it one of the world’s most potent naval fighters.
Before the Sea Harriers (SHARs) are being retired I have had the possibility to get an inside look into the daily activites of RNAS Yeovilton and photograph the daily training routines with the SHARs.
If you are planning a visit to Yeovilton and want to see F/A2s you should hurry as they will be replaced in the near future by GR.7 Harriers. Nevertheless you should stop there and pay a visit to the excellen the Fleet Air Arm Museum which even offers a look on the helicopter flightline from inside the museum.
Finally I would like to thank Pete for taking his time and showing me around the base!
Text thankfully adopted from the RN website.
RNAS Yeovilton / 899 NAS
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