Jonathan Pentreath

Rear Admiral Jonathan Patrick Pentreath, CB, OBE (born 2 March 1966) is a retired senior officer of the Royal Navy. He commanded 845 Naval Air Squadron from 2001 to 2003, including during the Battle of Al Faw in the Iraq War, and later commanded Commando Helicopter Force (2009–11) and Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovilton (2015–17). He was Commander Joint Helicopter Command from April 2017 until March 2020 when he retired from the Royal Navy.

Jonathan Pentreath
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Rear Admiral Pentreath in 2019
Born (1966-03-02) 2 March 1966 (age 56)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1984–2020
RankRear Admiral
Commands heldJoint Helicopter Command (2017–20)
Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton (2015–17)
Commando Helicopter Force (2009–11)
Commander Air, HMS Ocean (2007–08)
845 Naval Air Squadron (2001–03)
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
Iraq War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

Early life and educationEdit

Pentreath was born on 2 March 1966 in Plymstock, Devon, England. He father was Captain David Pentreath, a decorated Royal Navy officer. He was educated at Sandroyd School, Haileybury and Imperial Service College, a public school in Hertfordshire, and City, University of London.[1]

Naval careerEdit

Pentreath joined the Royal Navy in 1984.[2] He became Commanding Officer 845 Naval Air Squadron in 2001 and saw action at the Battle of Al Faw in March 2003 during the Iraq War,[2] for which he was awarded a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service.[3] He went on to be Commander Air of the amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean in 2006, Commanding Officer Commando Helicopter Force in 2008 and Capability Director at Joint Helicopter Command in July 2012.[2] After that he became Commanding Officer Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in September 2015,[4] and Commander Joint Helicopter Command in April 2017.[5] He handed over command of Joint Helicopter Command in March 2020[6] and retired from the Royal Navy on 1 August 2020.[7]

Pentreath was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours[8] and Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2019 Birthday Honours.[9]


  1. ^ "Pentreath, Rear Adm. Jonathan Patrick". Who's Who 2020. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2019. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U289002.
  2. ^ a b c "Rear Admiral Jon Pentreath". DSEI. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  3. ^ "No. 57100". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 October 2003. p. 6.
  4. ^ "Senior Royal Navy appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Ministry of Defence and Senior Tri-Service Appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Jonathan Pentreath". Twitter. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  7. ^ "No. 63103". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 September 2020. p. 15102.
  8. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 4.
  9. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B2.
Military offices
Preceded by Commander, Joint Helicopter Command
Succeeded by