Sir Patrick Hine
|Service/||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1953–91|
|Rank||Air Chief Marshal|
|Commands held||Joint Commander British Forces Gulf War (1991)|
Strike Command (1988–91)
Air Member for Supply and Organisation (1987–88)
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (1985–87)
RAF Germany (1983–85)
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath|
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air
Hine was born near Southampton, and was educated at Peter Symonds School in Winchester. 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 a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 1983 Birthday Honours List.
He was Joint Commander of all British forces during the Gulf War. He was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire 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 became a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in 1995 and in May 2010 he was nominated to be the Captain of the R&A for the year 2010–11. His home course is Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club in Hampshire, where he is the Club President. Hine also had a prolific amateur golfing career and won the Carris Trophy (England U18 Stroke Play Championship) and the Brabazon Trophy (England Amateur Stoke Play Champion) in 1949; he remains the only person to do this. He also won the Hampshire County Championship in that year. He represented England Boys in 1948 and 1949.
He is married to Jill; they have three sons.
Sir Thomas Kennedy
| Commander-in-Chief RAF Germany
Also Commander of the Second Tactical Air Force
Sir David Parry-Evans
Sir Peter Harding
| 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
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Sir Anthony Morton
| King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire
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