The Royal Navy are strong supporters of the Air Tattoo and this year will see the return of 825 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) to the skies above RAF Fairford. The Royal Navy has traditionally displayed a pair of Lynx and/or Wildcat as the popular Black Cats display team. During the 2020 display season, 825NAS will perform a solo display under the new name of the Royal Navy Wildcat Demo Team using their Wildcat HMA.2 helicopter. The Wildcat provides the Royal Navy with a ship-borne long-range aerial transport and anti-ship/sub capability which is constantly being improved. This includes the upcoming deployment of the Martlet lightweight multirole and Sea Venom anti-ship missiles that are currently under test in Somerset.
Joining the 825 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) Royal Navy Wildcat flying display at RIAT 2020 will be 815NAS who will be providing a second example of this state of the art helicopter for the static display. Split into 14 individual flights, 815NAS provide detachments of Wildcat HMA.2 helicopters aboard Royal Navy Frigates and Destroyers as they deploy on operations around the globe. The Wildcat provides naval commanders with an over-the-horizon surface strike and anti-piracy capability and is the latest helicopter to see operational service with the Royal Navy.