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819 Naval Air Squadron (819 NAS) was a Naval Air Squadron of the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm.

819 Naval Air Squadron
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A Westland Sea King HAS.2A of 819 NAS in flight over RNAS Yeovilton
CountryUnited Kingdom
BranchRoyal Navy
Part ofFleet Air Arm
Battle honoursMediterranean 1940-41
Libya 1940
Taranto 1940
English Channel 1942
*Atlantic 1943
Normandy 1944
Arctic 1944[3]


Along with No. 815 Squadron, it performed the successful night attack on the Italian fleet at Taranto on 11 November 1940. The attack was performed with Swordfish torpedo bombers from the aircraft carrier Illustrious.

More recently, 819 operated Sea Kings HAS6 from HMS Gannet at Prestwick Airport. Constituted to have two flights supporting RFA ships and one SAR flight. In 2001, 819 NAS was decommissioned; its SAR flight transitioning into [Gannet SAR Flight] and now operating the Sea Kings HU5. Gannet SAR Flight went on to be one of the busiest SAR flights in the UK and holds the record for the most callouts in a single year. It decommissioned on 1 January 2016 as part of the contractorisation of military SAR.

Aircraft operatedEdit

The squadron operated a variety of different aircraft and versions:[3]



  1. ^ Sturtivant, Ballance 1994, p. 195.
  2. ^ "819 squadron". Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b Sturtivant, Ballance 1994, p. 193.


  • Jackson, Robert, The Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, Parragon Books, Ltd. 2006 ISBN 1-4054-2465-6
  • Sturtivant, R; Ballance, T (1994). The Squadrons of The Fleet Air Arm. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-223-8.