Naval squadron reforms after 60 years to test cutting-edge weaponry

November 14, 2018 – There’s an old name back on the roster of Fleet Air Arm Squadrons to test cutting-edge weapons and sensors for Britain’s air power. 744 Naval Air Squadron will be instrumental in introducing the Navy’s new ‘eyes in the sky’ – Crowsnest Merlin – to front-line service over the next 18 months, plus the RAF’s upgraded Chinook Mk5s and Mk6s. Pooling 15 of the best aircrew and aviation engineers from the three Services, the new unit – based at Boscombe Down on Salisbury Plain – formally stood…

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