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Wg Cdr Rob Caine – New Boss of IV(R)

Rob Caine

Rob Caine

I just wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself as the new Boss of IV Sqn after I took over from Mou on the 6 Jun. My name is Rob Caine and I have previously been the Exec on IV Sqn, so I am in command and doing my refresher simultaneously which is going to be fun!

I am passionate about what the Sqn does and what we achieve for the RAF, RN and UK producing outstanding fighter pilots for the front line and I really look forward to meeting you and getting involved with the association and wider IV Sqn fraternity. For background I have enclosed my bio but please, no laughing.

Best Regards,


Bio: Wing Commander Robin Caine is OC IV(R) Sqn and is now responsible for the training of all RAF and RN Fighter Pilots for the front line, using the innovative Hawk T2 at RAF Valley, which is the final test before pilots qualify to fly the Typhoon or F35 the Joint Strike Fighter. 

Robin joined the RAF in 1994 and became an operational pilot on the Tornado in 1999 on 14 Sqn at RAF Bruggen, Germany. Since then he has served several operational tours over Iraq as a night, Electro Optical and Precision Guided Munition specialist. He became a Tornado Instructor, Rear Seat Captain, Electronic Warfare Instructor and an Instrument Rating Examiner at RAF Lossiemouth. In 2005 he became a Tactics and Weapons Instructor at 19 Sqn on Hawk T1 and subsequently became a Qualified Weapons Instructor (QWI). He became an A2 Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and the Chief Weapons Instructor at RAF Valley where he ran 3 staff QWI Courses before being selected as a Project Pilot for the introduction of Hawk T2 into military service. On the staff he was a Requirements Manager, worked in the MOD on Air Systems and he has recently completed a SO1 staff tour as Head of Requirements for the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) for Air Cap. In 2011, he became the XO on IV(R) Sqn, on Hawk T2, where he was an A2 QFI and was responsible for all staff training and standards from first fast jet flight to beyond visual range, swing role missions. He now has over 2500 fast jet hours and is CFS accredited. He has also served as an A3 Ops specialist in the Command Air Operations Centre in Al Udied, where he helped command and control air operations in Afghanistan and the Middle East in 2013-14. He was awarded the MBE in 2015 for his services to Military Flying Training in the New Year’s Honours List and he is a graduate of the Joint Services Command and Staff College.

He is married, and they have a young son who keeps them very busy. In their free time they both horse ride and compete regionally in British Eventing. When not parenting, or riding, they enjoy walking their black lab, running, sport, reading, and travel.

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