- "It is said that a war between a great land power, such as Germany, and a great naval power such as ourselves is a battle between an Elephant and a Whale. Yesterday, the airmen of the Fleet Air Arm showed Hitler that this Whale has wings!"
- —Winston Churchill
The Fleet Air Arm (FAA) is the branch of the British Royal Navy responsible for the operation of naval aircraft. The Fleet Air Arm currently operates many varieties of helicopter as well as carrier-borne and shore-based fixed-wing aircraft.
The Fleet Air Arm was formed in 1924 as organisational unit of the Royal Air Force which was then operating the aircraft embarked on RN ships – the Royal Naval Air Service having been merged with the British Army's Royal Flying Corps in 1918 – and did not come under the direct control of the Admiralty until April 1933.
- De Havilland Nimrod MRA.4 (land based Maritime Patrol)
- Supermarine Atlantis (Carrier based Maritime Patrol/ASW)
- Supermarine Rapier (Air Superiority Fighter)
- Supermarine Seagull (Carrier onboard delivery)
- Supermarine Sentry (Airborne Early Warning)
- Supermarine Typhoon (Multirole Fighter)