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Sir Patrick Hine
Nickname Paddy
Born 14 July 1932(1932-07-14) (age 88)
Place of birth Southampton, England
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service/branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Years of service 1953–1991
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held Strike Command
Joint Commander British Forces Gulf War
Battles/wars Falklands War
Gulf War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Air Chief Marshal Sir Patrick "Paddy" Bardon Hine, GCB GBE (born 14 July 1932) is a former senior Royal Air Force commander. Most notably, he was joint commander of all British forces during the first Gulf War.

RAF careerEdit

Hine was born near Southampton, and was educated at Peter Symonds School in Winchester.[1] He was an amateur golfer, winning the 1949 Brabazon Trophy.[1] He entered the RAF on a National Service commission as an acting pilot officer on probation on 22 March 1951,[2] and was regraded as a pilot officer on 6 February 1952. He was commissioned as a pilot officer on 14 October 1952 (seniority from 6 February 1952),[3] and promoted to flying officer on 20 March 1953.[4] He was appointed to a permanent commission in the RAF on 1 October 1953, in the rank of flying officer.[5] As a junior officer, Hine flew the Gloster Meteor and then the Hawker Hunter.[1] He was promoted to flight lieutenant on 20 September 1956.[6] From 1957 to 1959 he performed on the Black Arrows, then the RAF’s aerobatics display team.[1] He was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air in the 1960 Birthday Honours List.[7] He was promoted to squadron leader on 1 July 1962[8] and appointed Officer Commanding No. 92 Squadron.[1] On 1 January 1968, he was promoted to wing commander,[9] and was promoted to group captain on 1 January 1972.[10]

On 1 July 1975, he was promoted to air commodore[11] and was appointed Director of Public Relations for the RAF.[1] He was made Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ RAF Germany in 1979. He was promoted to air vice-marshal on 1 January 1980[12] and was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Policy) at the Ministry of Defence the next year.[1] He became Commander of the Second Tactical Air Force and Commander-in-Chief of RAF Germany in 1983.[1] Promoted to acting air marshal by June 1983, he was knighted with the KCB in the 1983 Birthday Honours List.[13]

Promoted to air chief marshal on 1 July 1985,[14] he became Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff that year.[1] In late 1987 he was appointed Air Member for Supply and Organisation.[15]

Hine was appointed Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Strike Command in 1988.[16] He was promoted to a GCB in the 1989 New Year Honours List.[17]

He was Joint Commander of all British forces during the first Gulf War.He was the officer who allowed experimental vaccines on the forces during the gulf war. He was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Military Division (GBE) in the 1991 Birthday Honours List.[18]

Hine retired from the RAF in 1991 and subsequently became a military advisor to British Aerospace from which he retired in April 1999.[1] Two years earlier, in 1997, Hine was made the King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire, making him the herald to the Order of the British Empire.[19]


He is married to Jill; they have three sons.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Kennedy
Commander-in-Chief RAF Germany
Also Commander of the Second Tactical Air Force

Succeeded by
Sir David Parry-Evans
Title last held by
Sir Peter Herbert
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Vincent
Preceded by
Sir Michael Armitage
Air Member for Supply and Organisation
Succeeded by
Sir Brendan Jackson
Preceded by
Sir Peter Harding
Commander-in-Chief Strike Command
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Graydon
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Morton
King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Abbott

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