Seaton jet fighter pilot lands new top job

PUBLISHED: 15:32 02 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:32 02 June 2016

Cmdr Tim Flatman in his Hawk

Cmdr Tim Flatman in his Hawk


Cmdr Tim Flatman gains promotion and joins the EU Naval Force in Bahrain.

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A Royal Navy jet pilot from Seaton has landed a new top job in the Middle East.

Tim Flatman, who attended Colyton Grammar School, has been promoted to Commander after leading the Fleet Air Arm’s 736 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Culdrose, in Cornwall.

He became the Commanding Officer in 2013 and during his tenure transferred the squadron from an almost civilian structured outfit, to become a fully-manned Royal Naval Unit. 736 NAS fly the Hawk T1 jet, which is responsible for providing realistic targets and fast attack profiles to navy ships.

Commander Flatman joined the Royal Navy in 1997 after leaving school and working at the Anchor Inn, in Beer.

After his initial officer training, he was selected for fixed-wing. He flew the Sea Harrier FA2 before crossing over to the Harrier GR7 in 2004 when he went on to an embarkation with HMS Illustrious.

He completed two frontline operational tours of Afghanistan, conducting close air support for coalition troops.

Later, he returned to flying duties with the Royal Naval Hawk detachment at Yeovilton before moving to Cornwall and becoming Commanding Officer of 736 NAS.

He said: “I’m very honoured to be promoted to Commander and take up a new appointment overseas. I’ve been incredibly lucky and had an exciting career so far in the Royal Navy, and especially having worked with some fantastic people. I’m looking forward to the next few years as the RN gets its new aircraft - the F35 Joint Strike Fighter - and the Queen Elizabeth class carriers.”

Cmdr Flatman is currently working for the EU Naval Force in Bahrain.

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