29 Apr '14, 8am

Major milestone for Commando pilot #RM350

Major milestone for Commando pilot #RM350

Additionally as a pilot for over 27 years, Barney recently celebrated 5000 flying hours. This achievement is significant for any aviator but especially so for someone who did not join the Royal Marines to fly! He joined the Royal Marines as a recruit in 1978 and served first as a rifleman aged only 18. Then as an Assault Engineer in 40 Commando and 45 Commando he deployed to operations in Northern Ireland, the Falklands War and the UN in Cyprus. Environmental training has seen him deploy to Borneo, Norway, Belize and Egypt. On completion of his Army Pilots course at AAC Middle Wallop, he joined 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron as the first Corporal Pilot in the Royal Marines in Feb 1987. He reached the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 in 2001 as the Squadron Sergeant Major and was then selected for a Commission. His first appointment as a Commissioned Officer was ‘A Flight’ ...

Full article: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/News-and-Events/Latest-News/2...

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