In addition, No 55(R) Squadron conducts Airmen
Aircrew Initial Training and General Service Training. 55(R) Sqn
trains around 160 students each year and is currently commanded by a
navigator, of wing commander rank, who is responsible for around 120
With the exception of air loadmasters, who do
part of their training at RAF Shawbury or on their fixed wing
Operational Conversion Units, all the elements of Airman
Aircrew Training, up to the award of a brevet, now take place at
RAF College Cranwell.
Training is split between 4 stations: RAF College Cranwell, RAF
Topcliffe, RAF Leeming and RAF Shawbury. Navigator Training
responsibilities at Cranwell are split between the Initial Navigation
Section, Fast Jet Training Flight, and Basic Systems Navigation and
Advanced Multi-Engine Training Flight.