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 RN 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 Perth & Kinross Scotland Aircraft Repair Yard & Stores Depot
Now a Eurocopter Installation
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 Londonderry 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
Boaz Island Malabar n/a  ? Sandys Parish Bermuda
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  ?
Catfirth Catfirth 1917-1919 Shetland Islands Scotland Flying Boat base
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 WW1 Greater London England
Christchurch  ? Christchurch Dorset England
RNAS Cluntoe (Station in Reserve)  ? Cluntoe Tyrone Northern Ireland
Colombo Racecourse Bherunda Colombo Sri Lanka Now Colombo Racecourse
Cowdray Park  ? n/a West Sussex England
Crail Bruce
Crail Fife Scotland
Culcheth  ? n/a
Culham Hornbill n/a Oxfordshire England Now Culham Science Centre
Culmhead  ? Culmhead
Somerset England Now Culmhead Business Centre
Crugmeer  ? n/a  ?  ?  ?  ?
Dalcross Dalcross Highland Scotland
Dale Goldcrest Dale Pembrokeshire Wales
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 Eglinton Londonderry Northern Ireland Now City of Derry Airport
Evanton Fieldfare Evanton
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 Now HM Prison Ford
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
Lee-on-Solent Hampshire England
Leysdown Leysdown Kent England
Leuchars Leuchars Fife Scotland Now RAF Leuchars
Limavady Limavady Londonderry Northern Ireland
Long Kesh Long Kesh Antrim 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 Londonderry 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
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
Merganser Oct 1944-
Sept 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 Fermanagh|
St Davids St Davids
St Mawgan St Mawgan
St Merryn Curlew
Sealand Sealand Now MoD Sealand
Sembawang Simbang Sembawang Singapore
Sherburn-in-Elmet Sherburn-in-Elmet
Skaebrae Skaebrae
Skitton  ?
Southend Southend
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 Twatt, Orkney
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.

HMS Nearest Town County Country Current use
HMS Ariel South Wonston Hampshire England
HMS Blackcap Stretton Cheshire England
HMS Buzzard Lympne Kent England Industrial estate
HMS Buzzard Palisadoes Kingston Jamaica
HMS Condor Arbroath Angus Scotland RM Condor
HMS Corncrake Ballyhalbert County Down Northern Ireland Housing
HMS Curlew St Merryn Cornwall England Farmland
HMS Daedalus (also HMS Ariel) Lee-on-the-Solent Hampshire England Lee-on-Solent Airfield
HMS Daedalus II Lympne Kent England Industrial Estate
HMS Daedalus II Sandbanks Dorset England
HMS Daedalus II Lawrenny Ferry Pembrokeshire Wales
HMS Europa Bungay Suffolk England
HMS Falcon Ħal Far Malta Industrial Estate
HMS Fieldfare Evanton Ross-shire Scotland Industrial Estate
HMS Flycatcher Ludham Norfolk England Farmland
HMS Flycatcher Middle Wallop Hampshire England AAC Middle Wallop
HMS Fulmar Lossiemouth Morayshire Scotland RAF Lossiemouth
HMS Gadwall Sydenham Belfast Northern Ireland George Best Belfast City Airport
HMS Gamecock Bramcote Warwickshire England Gamecock Barracks
HMS Gannet Eglinton Londonderry Northern Ireland City of Derry Airport
HMS Gannet Prestwick Ayr Scotland HMS Gannet
HMS Godwit Ollerton Shropshire England
HMS Goldcrest Angle Pembrokeshire Wales Cawdor Barracks
HMS Goldfinch Ta' Qali Malta Park
HMS Grebe Alexandria Egypt
HMS Hornbill Culham Abingdon Oxfordshire Fusion research facility
HMS Hummingbird Zeals Wiltshire England Farmland
HMS Icarus Scapa Flow Orkney Scotland  ?
HMS Jackdaw II Kingsbarns Fife Scotland
HMS Kipanga Kilindini Mombasa County Kenya
HMS Kipanga II Mackinnon Road Taita-Taveta County
HMS Kipanga II Moi International Airport Mombasa County Kenya Moi International Airport
HMS Kestrel South Wonston Hampshire England Worthy Down Barracks
HMS Landrail Machrihanish Argyllshire Scotland Campbeltown Airport
HMS Malabar Boaz Island Sandys Bermuda Housing
HMS Merganser Rattray Aberdeenshire Scotland Long range radio station
HMS Merlin Donibristle Fife Scotland Dalgety Bay
HMS Nabaron Ponam Island Papua New Guinea
HMS Nabberley Bankstown Australia Bankstown Airport
HMS Nabbington Nowra Australia HMAS Albatross
HMS Nabcatcher Kowloon Bay Kowloon Peninsula Hong Kong
HMS Nabhurst Middle Wallop England
HMS Nabreekie Meeandah Brisbane Australia
HMS Nabrock Sembawang Singapore
HMS Nabstock Maryborough Queensland Australia
HMS Nabswick Jervis Bay Australia
HMS Nabthorpe Schofields New South Wales Australia RAAF Station Schofields
HMS Nighthawk Drem East Lothian Scotland RAF Drem Museum
HMS Nightjar Inskip Lancashire England
HMS Nuthatch Anthorn Cumbria England Anthorn Radio Station
HMS Osprey Portland Dorset England Coastguard base
HMS Owl Fearn Ross-shire Scotland
HMS Peewit East Haven Angus Scotland
HMS Peregrine Ford West Sussex England
HMS Pintail Crumlin County Antrim Northern Ireland
HMS Raven Eastleigh Hampshire England Southampton International Airport
HMS Ringtail Burscough/Ormskirk Lancashire England
HMS Robin Kirkwall Orkney Scotland Kirkwall Airport
HMS Sanderling Abbotsinch Renfrewshire Scotland Glasgow Airport
HMS Sea Eagle Londonderry Northern Ireland
HMS Shrike Maydown County Londonderry Northern Ireland
HMS Simbang Sembawang Singapore Sembawang Air Base
HMS Siskin Gosport Hampshire England HMS Sultan
HMS Sparrowhawk Kirkwall Orkney Scotland Industrial Estate
HMS Tern Twatt Orkney Scotland
HMS Urley Ronaldsway Isle of Man Isle of Man Airport
HMS Vulture St Merryn Cornwall England Farmland
HMS Vulture II Treligga Cornwall England
HMS Wagtail Heathfield Ayr Scotland Glasgow Prestwick Airport

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