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Naval Strike Wing (NSW) was formed on 9th March 2007.  NSW comprises of elements of 800 and 801 Naval Air Squadrons, but is effectively organised as a single unit hence making best use of available manpower and resources. Part of Joint Force Harrier and based at RAF Cottesmore in Rutland, NSW operates Harrier GR7 and GR9 aircraft in the close air support (CAS) role and is the Royal Navy’s only front line fast jet squadron at this time.

NSW currently comprises of some 195 personnel, (183 men and 11 women), with ages ranging between18 to 52, and is led by Commander Kevin Seymour RN. The tasks undertaken by NSW personnel range from pilots, through engineers to operations, logistics and catering personnel, all of whom serve to make the unit capable of self sustaining operations

As part of Joint Force Harrier the squadron enjoys a challenging and varied role that involves operations from both ship and shore bases, including several Operational tours in Afghanistan. The Squadron has appeared regularly on television featuring in the Granada TV series “Warship”, and in the Central TV production “Fighter Pilot”, and will soon be returning to the TV screens with another Granada TV series focusing on deployed forces in Afghanistan.

Currently on the second tour of Afghanistan within 12 months, NSW is deployed to Khandahar Airfield, operating in direct support of British and allied ground forces deployed throughout the country.

 
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