Former Air Cadet to take Command of 845 Naval Air Squadron

Cdr Bond

Commander Robert (Bobby) Bond Royal Navy, a former Cadet at 299 (Exmouth) Squadron Air Training Corps, will take command of 845 Naval Air Squadron in the summer of 2017.

Bobby, recently promoted to Commander in April this year, started his love of flying as an Air Cadet when he joined 299 (Exmouth) Squadron in 1992.

Over his time in the Squadron Bobby took part in numerous activities including the Nijmegen Marches, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Ten Tors event, which as a pilot with 848 NAS has provided the helicopter support for the event over a number of years.

Merlin TT


In 1999 Bobby joined the Royal Navy and went to Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth to undergo his Officer training before going to RAF Cranwell to start his flying training.

Having completed his flying training with both the RAF and RNAS he qualified as a Seaking Pilot. He also went to the Commando Training Centre at Royal Marines Lympstone to complete the All Arms Commando course.

He has served on operations in Iraq,  Afghanistan and other countries around the world flying the Seaking Mk4.

Cdr Bond is now due to convert onto the Merlin Mk3 helicopter before taking command of 845 in the summer of 2017.