RNAS Rattray

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RNAS Rattray
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Crimond, Aberdeenshire in Scotland
View of the airfield
RNAS Rattray is located in Aberdeen
RNAS Rattray
RNAS Rattray
Shown within Aberdeenshire
Coordinates 57°36′44″N 01°53′01″W / 57.61222°N 1.88361°W / 57.61222; -1.88361Coordinates: 57°36′44″N 01°53′01″W / 57.61222°N 1.88361°W / 57.61222; -1.88361
Type Royal Naval Air Station
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator Royal Navy
Site history
Built March 1943 (1943)
In use July 1943-present
Airfield information
Elevation 13 metres (43 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
00/00  Concrete
00/00  Concrete
00/00  Concrete
00/00  Concrete
Commissioned 3 October 1944

RNAS Rattray (a.k.a. "Crimond Airfield", "Crimond Aerodrome" or "Rattray Aerodrome"), was a Royal Naval Air Station near Crimond, Aberdeenshire.


The station started to be built from March 1943, with 774 Naval Air Squadron moving in from July 1943 for Telegraphist Air Gunners training but the site was not commissioned until 3 October 1944.

The base then switched to training Torpedo Bombing Reconnaissance crews.

The following units were here at some point:

The base was closed in 1946, being moved into a state of care & maintenance.

Current use[edit]

The base was also used as a Royal Naval Wireless Station until 2004 when Ministry of Defence long range radio was outsourced to Merlin Communications, now VT Communications (part of Babcock International) and continues to provide HF and LF services.

See also[edit]




  • Smith, D J (1983). Action Stations: Vol 7. Military airfields of Scotland, the North-East and Northern Ireland. Cambridge: Patrick Stephens Limited. ISBN 0-85059-563-0. 

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