RNAS Culdrose is home to 11 Naval Air Squadrons and HMS Seahawk Gliding Club. RNAS Culdrose is responsible for the Operational and Advanced Flying Training of helicopter pilots, observers, aircrewmen, in subjects as diverse as search and rescue, weather forecasting, aircraft handling and other aviation specialist subjects. All members of the Fleet Air Arm will, at some time in their career, train or serve at RNAS Culdrose
RNAS Culdrose (originally known as HMS Seahawk) is situated on the outskirts of Helston, an ancient market town that is the gateway to the Lizard Peninsula (Britain's most southerly point) in the west of Cornwall. The District is rich in scenery, history and culture and is a popular year-round holiday destination. The town stands on the east bank of the River Cober which was once tidal before it was cut of from the sea by the Loe Bar sandbank in the 13th century. Perhaps Helston's greatest claim to fame is the internationally famous festival of the Furry, or Flora Dance. This is held every year on May 8th. Thousands of visitors throng the streets all day and there is a carnival atmosphere from dawn to well into the night.
Further a field are the towns of Falmouth, Penzance, St. Ives, Camborne and Redruth. The city of Truro, the administrative centre of the county, is 18 miles from Helston. Cornwall is a beautiful county with some of the best beaches in the UK and a wealth of attractions and activities to suit all ages and tastes.
RNAS Culdrose is a large Air Station with a wide variety of excellent facilities for Service personnel and their families. These include a gymnasium, swimming pool, cinema, cyber café, day nursery, and hairdresser. The base also has an Education and Resettlement Centre, Library, Spar Shop (with Post Office), Tailors and a Car Club with excellent facilities for services and repairs.
The information on this site has been compiled from various sources accessible on the internet: acknowledgements are due to MOD Website, RN & RM websites, HIVE website, &Wikipedia. The site is intended to be an impartial and useful source of information about the Forces Base and surrounding area for members of HM Armed Forces, their families and civilians working on the Base. There should be nothing of a sensitive nature as everything here is readily available on the internet. If you spot anything that is out of date or just plain wrong, please contact us.