for 1700 Ai.S.R. squadron
October 2017 - extant
Formerly the Maritime Aviation
Support Force (MASF) Based at RNAS Culdrose, the unit was
redesignated 1700 Naval Air Squadron on October 2nd 2017.
The new squadron was officially commissioned at a ceremony
held on October 31st. Lt Cdr Chris Roberts, remains in
Command, having lead the MASF since 2015.
The unit’s task remains to provide a simple “one stop shop”
to meet personnel requirements and provide essential naval
aviation support for ships and land bases globally. When a
Squadron of Naval aircraft deploys to a ship or any other
detached operating base, Deployable Support Teams (DSTs) are
assembled to cater for their various support requirements.
Manpower can be provided in a number of key areas in order
to support aviation assets: in tailored teams, from two to
over fifty personnel, for Flight Deck activities (Aircraft
Handlers, Aircraft Controllers) Air Engineering, Survival
Equipment, Logistic and Catering Support, Operations,
Weapon Engineering, fire-fighters, meteorologists,
physical trainers, military policemen, medics and many other
specialists. Future plans will further expand 1700 NAS
specialist teams to include Intelligence Officers, dentists,
chaplains and others as required.
Although the 1700 NAS headquarters and support staff are
based at RNAS Culdrose, there are currently 1700 NAS
personnel working in ships and shore bases throughout the
Origins and development
In the late 1970s an Air
Engineering Support section was established at RNAS Culdrose
to parent Fleet Air Arm ratings serving in Royal Fleet
Auxiliaries. In 1982 this became the Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Aviation Support Unit (RFAASU) to provide addition support
daring the Falklands campaign. The unit changer again in
1990 when its scope was expanded to provide Aviation and
Warfare capability for both RN and RFA ships- becoming the
Royal Fleet Auxiliary & Naval Aviation Support Unit (RFAANSU).
In 2007 the organisation was became the Maritime Aviation
Support Force (NASF); this became a fully commissioned RN
unit in 2010.
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23 January 2018
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