|Sir Patrick Hine|
14 July 1932 |
|Service/branch||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1953–1991|
|Rank||Air Chief Marshal|
|Commands held||Strike Command
Joint Commander British Forces 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.
Hine was born near Southampton, and was educated at Peter Symonds School in Winchester. He was an amateur golfer, winning the 1949 Brabazon Trophy. He entered the RAF on a National Service commission as an acting pilot officer on probation on 22 March 1951, 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), and promoted to flying officer on 20 March 1953. He was appointed to a permanent commission in the RAF on 1 October 1953, in the rank of flying officer.
As a junior officer, Hine flew the Gloster Meteor and then the Hawker Hunter. He was promoted to flight lieutenant on 20 September 1956. From 1957 to 1959 he performed on the Black Arrows, then the RAF’s aerobatics display team. He was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air in the 1960 Birthday Honours List. He was promoted to squadron leader on 1 July 1962 and appointed Officer Commanding No. 92 Squadron. On 1 January 1968, he was promoted to wing commander, and was promoted to group captain on 1 January 1972.
On 1 July 1975, he was promoted to air commodore and was appointed Director of Public Relations for the RAF. He was made Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ RAF Germany in 1979. He was promoted to air vice-marshal on 1 January 1980 and was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Policy) at the Ministry of Defence the next year. He became Commander of the Second Tactical Air Force and Commander-in-Chief of RAF Germany in 1983. Promoted to acting air marshal by June 1983, he was knighted with the KCB in the 1983 Birthday Honours List.
He was Joint Commander of all British forces during the first 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.
Hine retired from the RAF in 1991 and subsequently became a military advisor to British Aerospace from which he retired in April 1999. 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.
He is married to Jill; they have three sons.
- Air University biography
- London Gazette, 11 May 1951
- London Gazette, 13 January 1953
- London Gazette, 24 March 1953
- London Gazette, 5 January 1954
- London Gazette, 2 October 1956
- London Gazette, 11 June 1960
- London Gazette, 3 July 1962
- London Gazette, 2 January 1968
- London Gazette, 4 January 1972
- London Gazette, 1 July 1975
- London Gazette, 19 February 1980
- London Gazette, 11 June 1983
- London Gazette, 16 July 1985
- The London Gazette: . 30 November 1987. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- The London Gazette: . 5 September 1988. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- London Gazette, 31 December 1988
- The London Gazette: . 28 June 1991. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
- Sir Patrick Hine is new R&A Captain European Tour, 6 May 2010
Sir Thomas Kennedy
|Commander-in-Chief RAF Germany
Also Commander of the Second Tactical Air Force
Sir David Parry-Evans
Title last held bySir Peter Herbert
|Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Sir Richard Vincent
Sir Michael Armitage
|Air Member for Supply and Organisation
Sir Brendan Jackson
Sir Peter Harding
|Commander-in-Chief Strike Command
Sir Michael Graydon
Sir Anthony Morton
|King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire
Sir Peter Abbott