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Battle Honours

The Fleet Air Arm’s Battle Honours

The Royal Naval Air Service fought with great distinction and valour on all fronts during the First World War and its successor, the Fleet Air Arm has been at the forefront of many courageous actions since. 36 Battle Honours have been awarded to Naval Air Squadrons for outstanding actions against the enemy securing victory often against overwhelming odds.

Here you will find a list of the Fleet Air Arm’s Battle Honors and links to some of its most famous engagements.
  • Atlantic – 1939-45
  • English Channel – 1939-45
  • North Sea – 1939-45
  • River Plate – 1939
  • Biscay – 1940-45
  • Norway – 1940-45
  • Libya – 1940-42
  • Mediterranean 1940-45
  • Narvik – 1940
  • Dunkirk – 1940
  • Calabria – 1940
  • Spartivento – 1940
  • Taranto 1940
  • Malta Convoys – 1941-42
  • Matapan – 1941
  • Crete – 1941
  • Arctic – 1941-45
  • ‘Bismarck’ 1941
  • East Indies 1940-45
  • Korea 1950-53
  • Malaya – 1942-45
  • Diego Suarez – 1942
  • North Africa – 1942-43
  • Sicily – 1943
  • Salerno – 1943
  • Aegean – 1943-1944
  • Normandy – 1944
  • Sabang – 1944
  • South France – 1944
  • Burma – 1944-45
  • Palembang – 1945
  • Okinawa – 1945
  • Japan – 1945
  • Falkland Islands – 1982
  • Kuwait – 1991
  • Al Faw – 2003
Find out more about some of the Fleet Air Arm’s most famous battles.

The Battle of the Atlantic

Battle of Taranto

Sinking of the Bismarck