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New Commanding Officer for Commando Helicopter Force

Captain Jon Pentreath Royal Navy
Captain Jon Pentreath Royal Navy

Captain Jon Pentreath Royal Navy assumed Command of the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) based at RNAS Yeovilton on 24 February 2009.  A specialist in commando aviation, he has flown the Sea King Mk4 and seen operational service in Bosnia, with the UN and NATO as well as Northern Ireland, with both 845 and 846 Squadrons.

In 2001 he returned to flying and commanded 845 NAS during a particularly hectic period of almost continuous operational service, which included Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In Iraq he was the UK’s Air Mission Commander for the largest helicopter assault on the Al Faw peninsula; his service was recognised with the award of the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.  He recently spent 18 months as the Commander Air of HMS OCEAN before being selected for promotion to Captain.
 
The CHF is a group of 4 squadrons and supporting elements, integrated under the command of an HQ, established to operate helicopters in support of the UK armed forces.  We are a combined Royal Navy/Royal Marine force who fly Sea King and Lynx helicopters and specialize in amphibious warfare. The Force is heavily committed to ongoing operations in Afghanistan.

Having assumed Command of the CHF, Captain Pentreath said, “This is an extremely proud moment for me and I am delighted to be back with the ‘Junglies’.  The CHF remains heavily committed on operations, with each of our 3 front line Squadrons deployed in Afghanistan and the remaining training Squadron dedicated to the provision of the Force’s future aviators and engineers.  Whilst life on the CHF remains a challenge for our 900 service personnel and most importantly their families, I look forward to leading and working with such a dedicated and professional team.”