744 Naval Air Squadron

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744 Naval Air Squadron
CountryUnited Kingdom
BranchRoyal Navy
Part ofFleet Air Arm

744 Naval Air Squadron (744 NAS) is a Naval Air Squadron of the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm.

The squadron originally formed as an anti-submarine training unit on 6 March 1944 and continued in this role until 1 December 1947 when it was renamed 815 Squadron. It reformed in July 1951 from 737 Squadron X Flight as an anti-submarine trials and development unit and continued in this role until 31 October 1956 when it was disbanded.[2]

As of 14 November 2018, the squadron has been re-activated to introduce the Crowesnest Airborne Early Warning Merlin Mk2 aircraft and the Chinook Mk5s and Mk6s. It will be a joint unit under the Air Warfare Centre's Mission Systems and Armament Test and Evaluation Squadron. [3][4]


  1. ^ Sturtivant, Ballance 1994, p. 65.
  2. ^ Ballance, Theo (2016). The Squadrons and Units of the Fleet Air Arm. Air-Britain. pp. 69–70. ISBN 978 0 85130 489 2.
  3. ^ Royal Navy (14 November 2018). "Naval squadron re-forms after 60 years to test cutting-edge weaponry". Royal Navy. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  4. ^ Fleet Air Arm Association (19 October 2018). "744 NAS Commissioning". Fleet Air Arm Association. Retrieved 14 November 2018.