Commander Chris Jones joined the Royal Navy straight after A Levels in 2005 and trained as a Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control Observer. He was fortunate to spend almost all his first tour deployed on Operations HERRICK (Afghanistan) and UNIFED PROTECTOR (Libya). Chris became an Observer instructor before Principal Warfare Officer (Aviation) course in 2014. A busy staff role as Military Assistant to the head of operational planning in the Permanent Joint Headquarters followed before promotion and Command of 849’s Palembang Flight on Op KIPION (Arabian Gulf) in 2016. Chris then served in Navy Command Headquarters as a Capability Manager.
Chris converted to Merlin Mk2 in 2018 in preparation for a Senior Observer role and supported the Crowsnest Programme on promotion to SO1 in 2020, including initial fielding and deployment.
Chris is married to Cheryl, and they have two young children. He is a keen runner and a reluctant labourer for Cheryl’s house renovation project(s).