The Fleet Air Arm

Prior to the First World War naval aviation was in its infancy. The First World War stimulated the rapid development of combat aircraft. The rapid increase in the number of aircraft carriers in the Royal Navy during the Second World War created a great need for pilots and aircrew. Read about the 1066 New Zealanders that were recruited to serve with the Fleet Air Arm.Read More

New Zealanders in the Fleet Air Arm

As in the Royal Air Force, there were New Zealanders serving at one time or another in every unit of the Royal Navy’s fleet Air Arm. New Zealanders also took part in every major battle in which the FAA took part.Read More

RNZN and the Fleet Air Arm

New Zealand’s involvement in naval aviation goes back to before the First World War when New Zealand citizens volunteered to fly as part of the Royal Naval Air Service. ‘Scheme F’  was introduced in World War Two where New Zealanders were recruited to serve with the Fleet Air Arm (FAA). Read about the FAA General Policy and the Comparative Costs of Aircraft and Men-Of –War.Read More

FAA Squadron Number Allocation to the RNZN

No RN air squadron numbers were ever allocated to the RNZN to the best of our knowledge. At present, The RNZN has operated its Seasprite and WASP helicopters from ships at sea with the helicopters concerned appearing in the order of battle as part of No. 3 Squadron RNZAF. Read More

Image from Owen Thetford, British Naval Aircraft Since 1912, p. 324.

Supermarine Walrus K8541

Read about the History of the Supermarine Walrus K8541, its service with HMS Leander, colour scheme and markings and its technical specifications. Read More

Kaman SH-2G Seasprite Helicopter

Seasprite Helicopters

Four model SH-2F model Seasprites were introduced to the RNZN from June/July 1997. It was part of a group of four of this type of helicopter purchased by the NZDF as an interim solution prior to the arrival of the new variant SH-2G Super Seasprite due to be delivered in 2000.Read More