List of air stations of the Royal Navy

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This is a list of Naval Air Stations of the Royal Navy. Naval Air Stations are land bases of the Fleet Air Arm, the branch of the Royal Navy responsible for the operation of naval aircraft.

Current Naval Air Stations[edit]

Currently RNAS means "Royal Naval Air Station" and, in common with the Royal Air Force, is always followed by a geographical place in which the air station is located. (Historically RNAS is the "Royal Naval Air Service")

Former Naval Air Stations[edit]

RNAS HMS RAF RNAS Years active Current county Country Notes
Aberdour n/a  ?
Abbotsinch Sanderling Abbotsinch Renfrewshire Scotland Now Glasgow Airport
Aldergrove  ? Aldergrove Antrim Northern Ireland Now Belfast International Airport
Almondbank Methven ?  ?
Angle Goldcrest Angle Pembrokeshire Wales
Anthorn Nuthatch Anthorn Cumbria England Now Anthorn Radio Station
Arbroath Condor n/a Angus Scotland Now RM Condor
Ayr Wagtail Ayr South Ayrshire Scotland
Balado Bridge Balado Bridge Perth and Kinross Scotland  ?
Ballyhalbert Corncrake Ballyhalbert Ards Scotland
Ballykelly Sea Eagle Ballykelly Limavady Northern Ireland
Beccles Hornbill II Beccles Suffolk England
Bedhampton  ? n/a  ?  ?  ?  ?
Belfast  ? n/a  ?  ?  ?  ?
Benbecula  ? Benbecula Western Isles Scotland Now RRH Benbecula
Benson  ? Benson Oxfordshire England Now RAF Benson
Bircham Newton  ? Bircham Newton Norfolk England
Bootle  ? n/a  ?  ?  ?  ?
Boscombe Down  ? Boscombe Down Wiltshire England Now MoD Boscombe Down
Bramcote Gamecock Bramcote Warwickshire England Now Gamecock Barracks
Bratton  ? RAF Bratton Shropshire England
Brawdy Goldcrest
Goldcrest II
Brawdy Pembrokeshire Wales
Brockworth  ? RAF Brockworth
RAF Hucclecote
Gloucestershire England  ?
Brough ?  ? Brough  ? East Riding of Yorkshire England Now BAE Brough
Bude ?  ? Bude Cornwall England
Bungay Europa II Bungay Suffolk England
Burscough Ringtail n/a Lancashire England
Bush Barn  ? Bush Barn
No. 44 SLG
Oxfordshire England
Calshot  ? Calshot Hampshire England
Machrihanish Landrail
Landrail II
Machrihanish Argyll & Bute Scotland Now MoD Machrihanish & Campbeltown Airport
Capel  ? Capel  ?
Cattewater  ? Cattewater
Mount Batten
Plymouth England
Charlton Horethorne Heron II Charlton Horethorne Somerset England
China Bay Bambara Trincomalee Sri Lanka Now China Bay Airport
Chingford  ? Chingford First World War Greater London England
Chrishchurch  ? Christchurch Dorset England
Cluntoe ?  ? Cluntoe Cookstown Northern Ireland
Colombo Racecourse Bherunda Colombo Sri Lanka Now Colombo Racecourse
Cowdray Park  ? n/a West Sussex England
Crail Bruce
Jackdaw
Crail Fife Scotland
Culcheth  ? n/a
Culham Hornbill n/a Oxfordshire England Now Culham Science Centre
Culmhead  ? Culmhead
Churchstanton
Somerset England Now Culmhead Business Centre
Crugmeer  ? n/a  ?  ?  ?  ?
Dalcross Dalcross Highland Scotland
Dale Goldcrest Dale Pembrokeshire Scotland
Dallachy Dallachy Moray Scotland
Dalton Dalton North Yorkshire England
Defford Defford Worcestershire England
Detling Detling Kent England
Digby Digby Lincolnshire England
Docking Docking Norfolk England
Donibristle Merlin Donibristle Fife Scotland
Dounreay Tern II Highland Scotland
Drem Nighthawk Drem East Lothian Scotland
Dundee Condor II Dundee Dundee City Scotland
Dundonald Dundonald South Ayrshire Scotland
Dunino Jackdaw II Dunino Fife Scotland
East Haven Peewit Angus Scotland
Eastchurch Pembroke II Eastchurch Kent England
Eastleigh Raven Eastleigh Hampshire Scotland Now Southampton Airport
Eglinton Gannet
Sea Eagle
Eglinton Derry City Northern Ireland Now City of Derry Airport
Evanton Fieldfare Evanton
Novar
Highland Scotland
Exeter Exeter Devon England Now Exeter International Airport
Falmouth n/a Cornwall England
Farnborough Farnborough Hampshire England Now Farnborough Airport
Fearn Owl Fearn Highland Scotland
Felixstowe Felixstowe Now Port of Felixstowe
Filton Filton Gloucestershire England
Ford Peregrine Ford
Ford Junction
West Sussex England
Fraserburgh Fraserburgh Aberdeenshire Scotland
Gosport Siskin Gosport Hampshire Scotland
Great Yarmouth Great Yarmouth Norfolk England
Greenock n/a Inverclyde Scotland
Grimsetter Robin Grimsetter Orkney Scotland Now Kirkwall Airport
Guernsey Guernsey Guernsey Channel Islands
Haldon Heron II n/a Devon England
Hamble n/a Hampshire England
Hatston Sparrowhawk
Tern II
Orkney Scotland
Heathrow Heathrow Greater London England
Henstridge Dipper n/a Somerset England
Hinstock Godwit Ollerton Shropshire England
Holton n/a
Howden Howden East Riding of Yorkshire England
Inskip Nightjar n/a Lancashire England
Jersey Helier Jersey Channel Islands
Katukurunda Ukussa Katukurunda Katukurunda Sri Lanka.[1] Now Katukurunda Airport
Kemble Kemble Gloucestershire England Now Cotswold Airport
Kingsnorth Kingsnorth Medway England Now Kingsnorth power station
Kirkistown Corncrake II Kirkistown Down Northern Ireland
Kirkwall Robin n/a
Langham Langham Norfolk England
Lawrenny Ferry Daedalus II n/a Pembrokeshire Wales
Lee-on-Solent Ariel
Daedalus
Lee-on-Solent Hampshire England
Leysdown Leysdown Kent England
Leuchars Leuchars Fife Scotland Now RAF Leuchars
Limavady Limavady Limavady Northern Ireland
Long Kesh Long Kesh Lisburn Northern Ireland
Lossiemouth Fulmar Lossiemouth Moray Scotland Now RAF Lossiemouth
Ludham Flycatcher Ludham Norfolk England
Luton Luton Luton England Now Luton Airport
Lympne Buzzard
Daedalus II
RAF Lympne Kent London
Machrihanish Landrail Machrihanish Argyll & Bute Scotland Now Campbeltown Airport
Macmerry Macmerry East Lothian Scotland
Manston Manston Kent England Now Manston Airport
Marham Marham Norfolk England Now RAF Marham
Martlesham Heath Martlesham Heath Suffolk England
Maydown Shrike
Gannet II
Maydown Derry City Northern Ireland
Methven Methven Perth and Kinross Scotland
Middle Wallop Flycatcher Middle Wallop Hampshire England Now AAC Middle Wallop
Milltown Fulmar II Milltown Moray Scotland
Moreton Vallance Moreton Valence
Haresfield
Gloucestershire England
Mullion Mullion Cornwall England
Needs Oar Point Needs Oar Point Hampshire England
Narborough Narborough Norfolk England
Netheravon Netheravon Wiltshire England Now AAC Netheravon
Newlyn Newlyn Cornwall England
North Coates North Coates Lincolnshire England
Nutts Corner Pintail Nutts Corner Antrim Northern Ireland
Odiham Odiham Hampshire England Now RAF Odiham
Old Sarum Old Sarum Wiltshire England Now Old Sarum Airfield
Ollerton Godwit
Pembroke Dock Pembroke Dock Pembrokeshire Wales
Penhill St n/a
Peplow n/a
Perranporth Perranporth Cornwall England
Peterhead Peterhead Aberdeenshire Scotland
Portreath Portreath Cornwall England Now RRH Portreath
Portsmouth n/a Portsmouth England
Portland Osprey Portland Dorset England
Prawle Point Prawle Point 1917–1919 Devon England
Pulham Pulham Norfolk England
Rattray Head
Rattray
Crimond
Merganser October 1944 - September 1946 Aberdeenshire Scotland
Redcar Redcar Redcar and Cleveland England
Roborough Drake II Roborough Devon England
Ronaldsway Urley Ronaldsway Isle of Man
Sandbanks n/a
St Angelo St Angelo
St Davids St Davids
St Mawgan St Mawgan
St Merryn Curlew
Vulure
Sealand Sealand Now MoD Sealand
Sembawang Simbang Sembawang Singapore
Sherburn-in-Elmet Sherburn-in-Elmet
Skaebrae Skaebrae
Skitton  ?
Southend Southend
Rochford
Essex England Now London Southend Airport
Speke Speke
Staverton Staverton Now Gloucestershire Airport
Stornaway Stornaway
Stretton Blackcap n/a
Sullom Voe Sullom Voe
Sumburgh Sumburgh Now Sumburgh Airport
Swingfield Swingfield
Sydenham Gadwall Sydenham
Tain Tain
Tangmere Tangmere
Thorney Island Thorney Island Now Baker Barracks
Topcliffe Topcliffe Now RAF Topcliffe
Tresco Tresco
Turnhouse Turnhouse Now Edinburgh Airport
Twatt Tern Twatt
Waltham Waltham
West Freugh West Freugh Now MoD West Freugh
West Malling West Malling
Weston Park n/a
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
White Waltham White Waltham Now White Waltham Airfield
Woodley Woodley
Woodvale Ringtail II
Worthy Down Kestrel Worthy Down
Zeals Hummingbird Zeals

Former Naval Air Stations by ship name (HMS xxx)[edit]

HMS means Her Majesty's Ship (or His Majesty's Ship if before February 1952).

Some smaller and some very early Naval Air Stations in the list above were not commissioned as HM Ships. Those below were commissioned and, therefore, have a ship's name. Royal Navy shore bases and naval air stations have traditionally been named in the same manner as seagoing ships.

Officers were appointed to HMS xxx rather than to RNAS xxx and, similarly, ratings' Service Certificates will show only the name of the ship when drafted to a Naval Air Station. Thus, this list may help when researching family history records.

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