Transferred from RAF No. 16 group to Admiralty control
01 August 1945
20 March 1956
Became HMS SULTAN Mechanical Training and Repair Establishment
01 June 1956
Captain R.G. Mills DSO, DSC, March 1946
Captain H.W.S. Browning DSO, 15 January 1947
R.N. Air Course.
School of Aircraft Handling.
Safety Equipment and
Air Medical School.
Central Naval Recognition School.
Helicopter Unit (No. 705 Squadron).
Research Glider Unit.
Fleetlands Test Flight.
R.A.F. Torpedo Development Unit.
Naval Air Radio Installation Unit (N.A.R.I.U.)
R.N. Air Station,
The airfield lies adjacent W. of Gosport and 2 miles WNW. of the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour.
Southampton lies 10¼ miles NW. and R.N.A.S. Lee-on-Solent, 1 miles WNW.
The Isle of Wight lying 4½ miles SW. across the Solent. Portsmouth city
and harbour and Southampton Water with Southampton at its head.
ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS
Main roads to Portsmouth and Southampton via Fareham.
Stations at Fort Brockhurst adjoining the airfield, Fareham 4½ miles (R) and Portsmouth Harbour 2½ miles (R) across the ferry, all on the Southern Section of British Railways.
Control building outside the perimeter track on E. side of landing area.
Extension requires road closures and demolition. Note: This airfield should be treated as a grass airfield only, mown landing strips being shown on the plan. N. end of Field adjacent to Rowner Road curtailed in accordance with A.F.O. 3594/47.
5o' perimeter track on E. and N. sides only.
W/T masts, 191' high, on Horsea Island in Portsmouth Harbour, distant 4 miles ENE. each showing red light on top from dusk to dawn.
Recommended sector, mean QDM .
One windsock in SW. corner of airfield; second on hangar on E. side ; third on N. edge of airfield.
HOMING - VISUAL
APPROACH - VISUAL
APPROACH - RADIO
M/F and H/F
7 (plus 3 for training) transceivers.
5 (plus I for training) transceivers.
In Wardroom immediately SE. of airfield for officers, and in barracks immediately E. of airfield for remainder.
Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings:
W.R.N.S. Chiefs, P.O.s and ratings;
Accommodation is reserved for R.A.F., 200 O.R.s in Fort Grange on SE. side of airfield.
One diameter 50'.
4 Type "A"
250' x 13o'
2 Type "C"
300' x 150'
Sick quarters in main Station site.
Limited service by Naval personnel .
FUEL AND OIL
Test butt suitable for cannon and 25 yd. rifle range at Fleetlands.
Aircraft maintenance facilities to 2-3 squadron scale.
Visitors' parking area in front of Control Building.
BOMBING AND FIRING RANGES
Information taken from CB 4368 A. Admiralty Handbook of
Naval Air Stations Aug. 44
List of first and second line squadrons, station
flight and other flying units based at this location