Interview with Lt Cdr Robin Trewinnard-Boyle, Navy Command Carrier Strike Capability Delivery Team, Royal Navy

Interview with Lt Cdr Robin Trewinnard-Boyle, Navy Command Carrier Strike Capability Delivery Team, Royal Navy


Lt Cdr Robin Trewinnard-Boyle joined the Royal Navy as an Air Engineering Officer in 2000 and on completion of training joined 800 NAS on the Sea Harrier FA2. After Decommissioning 800 NAS he joined 20(R) Sqn as Junior Engineering Officer with the Harrier GR7 and T10, supporting the Harrier Schoolhouse and transition of Joint Force Harrier.

Following a succession of staff appointments he was promoted to Lt Cdr and joined HMS ARK ROYAL as the Senior Air Engineer. Following her unexpected Decommissioning, he was appointed as the Military Maintenance Officer of the F-35 Integrated Test Force, based at NAS Patuxent River in Maryland, USA. Assigned to VX-23 and working alongside Lockheed Martin he was responsible for the maintenance of 5 x F-35Bs and 4 x F-35Cs conducting Developmental Flight Test. This challenging appointment, covering the period of transition of the UK from F-35C back to F-35B, included F-35B Sea Trials, F-35C electro-magnetic catapult tests and the first F-35 weapons releases.

On return to the UK he joined the Merlin Project Team at MOD Abbey Wood before being selected as the AEO of 848 NAS for the final year of operations of the Sea King Mk 4.

He is currently serving within the Carrier Strike Capability Delivery Team at Navy Command Headquarters in a Programme Support and Air Engineering coherency role. Using his prior experience, this includes a focus on F-35 in preparation for First of Class Flying Trials on HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH.


You will be speaking at The F-35 Conference on the topic of ‘Synthetics in Readiness for F-35 Ship Integration’.   Can you give us a brief insight into the areas you will be covering?

I will be giving an overview of the different ways in which the Royal Navy and its industry partners are utilising a range of synthetic training systems to prepare for the arrival of the F-35B and Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers. At last year’s F-35 Conference the 50/50 live/synthetic split for aircrew training was discussed and I aim to build on this to highlight how synthetic training is being utilised more widely for:

  • RN Air Engineering Technician training for F-35 maintainers;
  • Aircraft Handler training at the Royal Navy School of Flight Deck Operations;
  • Carrier Strike Group Fleet Synthetic Training;
  • QEC Bridge Training and Air Management Organisation;
  • F-35B SRVL and ski-jump modelling for pilot training at BAES Warton;
  • Embarked synthetic training;
  • QEC escape training.

Bringing together the different elements from the Royal Navy and Joint environment to ensure that the UK has a Carrier Strike capability by 2020 is a challenging prospect, with synthetics seen as an important enabler and area of future growth. Following the capability gap introduced by the SDSR in 2010, it has been critical to maintain and re-generate suitably qualified and experienced personnel (SQEP) in Carrier Strike related roles, with training becoming ever more advanced. The Royal Navy is keen to exploit innovative solutions through its Maritime Synthetic Training Strategy, the Future Training Unit at HMS Collingwood and the DSTL Synthetic Environment Tower as it prepares to integrate the UK’s newest aircraft type onto its newest aircraft carrier.


What can delegates expect to take away from your session?

Delegates should expect insight into how the Royal Navy and its partners are currently using synthetic training for F-35 ship integration and how it intends to take this forward as it transforms itself to become centred around a Carrier Task Group, highlighting the opportunities across a range of areas. Delegates should be aware that the development of the UK’s Carrier Strike capability from 2020 is driving transformation and innovation within the Royal Navy and the many enablers across Defence that contribute towards Carrier Enabled Power Projection.

With the aim of Carrier Strike being a strategic capability for the UK, enabled through growing the Royal Navy’s people, their skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of the future, synthetic training has a vital role to play. With sea trials and F-35B first of class flying trials rapidly approaching, a busy programme of training activity must take place between now and the declaration of Initial Operating Capability for Carrier Strike in 2020, before further development in the build up to Full Operating Capability against a backdrop of financial restraint.

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