The primary commander of Britain’s new area drive has been revealed as a fighter pilot who has served within the RAF for 30 years.
Air Commodore Paul Godfrey will carry the brand new rank of Air Vice Marshal when he takes the helm at House Command.
The daddy, who was made an OBE within the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours, joked concerning the job, saying he’s watching Steve Carell’s House Pressure on Netflix to organize.
He wrote: ‘Due to everybody for the very sort feedback. Clearly an infinite administrative combine up once more, however I might moderately be fortunate than good!
‘Actually trying ahead to the job and dealing with some superb individuals. At present binge-watching House Pressure on Netflix for concepts…’
Air Commodore Paul Godfrey will carry the brand new rank of Air Vice Marshal when he takes the helm at House Command
The daddy, who was made an OBE within the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours, has additionally flown Spitfires (pictured)
He joked on his Twitter web page concerning the job, saying he’s watching Steve Carell’s House Pressure on Netflix (pictured) to organize
House Command will likely be a Joint Command primarily based at RAF Excessive Wycombe and staffed by personnel from all three companies of the UK navy.
House operations, area workforce era and area functionality will likely be introduced collectively beneath a single 2-Star navy commander.
The regiment will work carefully with House Directorate and Strategic Command to ship defence ‘must function and struggle’ within the info age.
Capabilities to be developed within the area area embody satellite tv for pc communications, place, navigation and timing, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance.
Paul Godfrey’s sky-high profession:
Could 1991: Commissioned into the RAF after graduating from RAF Cranwell
2008: Watched reside as Richard Hammond raced a Hurricane on Prime Gear.
2014: Made an OBE within the Queen’s Birthday Honours
2015: Served as a Harrier Soar Jet pilot earlier than turning into station commander at RAF Lossiemouth
2017: He rose to Air Commodore and was made Head Provider Enabled Energy Projection within the Ministry of Defence.
July 2020: He was made Mixed Air & House Operations Centre Director in Al Udeid, Qatar.
Boris Johnson introduced in November £16.5billion extra for defence over 4 years.
The larger settlement is anticipated to be spent on House Command – which may launch Britain’s first rocket in 2022.
Air Commodore Godfrey joined the RAF in 1991 and has been a fighter pilot most of his profession, along with RAF Lossiemouth Station Commander.
He not too long ago deliberate and employed coalition air and area energy throughout the Center East throughout the US Air Pressure Mixed Air and House Operations Centre.
Up to now few years he has risen the ranks, going from Group Captain to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Pressure Lossiemouth in November 2015.
Two years later he rose to Air Commodore and was made Head Provider Enabled Energy Projection within the Ministry of Defence.
And final July he was made Mixed Air & House Operations Centre Director in Al Udeid, Qatar.
He was current when Richard Hammond used a Bughatti to race a Hurricane on Prime Gear in 2008 and flew actor Ewan McGregor in a Hurricane for a TV particular.
He additionally hosts the Pilot Episodes Podcast with fellow flying legends Duncan Mason and Anthony Parkinson.
Godrey has flown Spitfires, Hurricanes and Chipmunks throughout his distinguished profession, together with three seasons with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
In an ‘RAF tales’ video he speaks concerning the time he virtually crashed a Spitfire when making an attempt to land it throughout his first flight within the iconic airplane.
He took off within the Mark 5 Spitfire and did a 500ft show earlier than coming right down to a 100ft show ‘very near the bottom’ however ‘she flew like a dream’.
He stated: ‘It is precisely what you thought it could be like – till I received to land. I landed, it was a pleasant touchdown… it wasn’t what’s termed a three-point touchdown the place you are virtually stalling on to the runway.
‘It was a touchdown the place the tail was up as a result of I might landed somewhat bit quick as a result of it was gusty.
‘The blokes had informed me that this explicit aeroplane went proper on touchdown, however when the tail wasn’t coming down I made the huge mistake of simply tweaking it down.
‘The left wing lifted and I ended up arching off the runway, I simply missed the windsock.
‘Presently I assumed ”I’ll crash a Spitfire, that is going to be horrendous”.’
He stated the wing got here down however then the correct wing lifted, sending him right into a curve with the brakes not working again in the direction of the runway.
He added: ‘Luckily I managed to wrestle that wing down, I began braking and the brakes are a bit like a bicycle brake on a curved stick.
‘So I began braking and the tail was developing so I do not wish to dig the prop in. I finally wrestled her again on to the runway and got here to a cease and… it was very good to fulfill a few of the firemen who got here out to fulfill me after seeing me ”crash” off the facet.’
On his new position, Godfrey stated: ‘I’m extremely honoured to be chosen to guide the brand new joint House Command.
‘Having simply returned from a job embedded with the US navy, the place I used to be privileged to have the ability to plan and direct air and area energy in assist of coalition operations, I’ve seen first-hand how essential the area area is and the way it underpins not solely navy operations however broader on a regular basis actions.’
Director House Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth stated: ‘House, and our assured entry to it, is prime to navy operations.
‘Lack of, or disruption to, the House Area, will influence our capacity to undertake the vast majority of Defence Duties, and has the potential for vital impact on civilian, business and financial exercise.
Group Commander Martin Sampson (left) after which Wing Commander Paul Godfrey (proper) chatting with journalists on the Italian airbase Of Gioia Del Colle Close to Bari in 2011
‘The menace from adversaries on this quickly maturing area is actual and it’s right here now. If we fail to know the best way to function efficiently within the House Area by way of built-in operations, we lose our battle-winning edge.
‘The institution of a UK House Command for Defence is a vital step in our improvement, and can underpin our capacity to know and function in House.’
Chief of the Air Workers, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, stated: ‘This Authorities’s willpower to determine UK House Command is a big step ahead as a result of House is prime to our nationwide safety and to our lifestyle.
‘UK House Command will shield and promote the UK’s pursuits in area, working with like-minded allies all over the world for the good thing about all.’
Common Sir Patrick Sanders, Commander of Strategic Command added: ‘The advantages we derive from House are very important to our financial system, our lifestyle and to our nationwide safety.
‘Particularly we depend on area for the navy command and management techniques, cyber capabilities, communications, and surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities that Strategic Command supplies with our companions to defend the UK and our allies.
‘I look ahead to Strategic Command, working very carefully with the brand new House Command to ship the combination of those capabilities to our Armed Forces as they function within the air, on the land, at sea and in our on-line world.’