HC Deb 20 May 1953 vol 515 cc144-5W
84. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what recent consideration he has given to the desirability of restoring to naval aviation the title of Fleet Air Arm by which it has been better known for many years; and what special inquiries he proposes to make to discover the opinion of those who serve in that branch of the Royal Navy on this question.

Commander Noble

The term "Naval Aviation" which is used at present has the merit of emphasising that those specially concerned with flying in the Royal Navy are an integral part of it. While still adhering to this concept, the Admiralty have, nevertheless, considered the revival of the title "Fleet Air Arm" and have now decided that it should be reintroduced.

In reaching this decision the Admiralty have been greatly influenced by the strong appeal which this title, with its glorious wartime associations, makes to many of the naval aviators of today, and to many members of the public.