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RAF Weapon System Officers Graduate Royal Navy Course

Four Weapon Systems Officers have graduated from a demanding course provided by the Royal Navy, the first to do so subject to be conducted subject to COVID-19 restrictions throughout.


The students were trained on 750 Naval Air Squadron at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, Cornwall, a unit which also instructs the Royal Navy’s future helicopter observers in basic flying training.

The four, Flight Lieutenant Dave Miles and Flying Officers Alex Connor, Christian Sugden, and Dan Wilkes, passed the demanding 16-week course which taught them the fundamentals of airborne navigation and tactical mission command. The course has given them a world-class foundation in the principle use of airborne systems and sensors to locate, identify and monitor targets and also to direct and coordinate search and rescue missions. 

This the third course of Royal Air Force weapon systems officers to undergo the rigorous and demanding training at RNAS Culdrose. The students will now progress to an operational conversion unit to train on one of the RAF’s ISTAR (short for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) platforms at either RAF Waddington or RAF Lossiemouth.

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