Lt Cdr Brazenall 3000 hrs
While on a humanitarian aid mission to the Irma and Maria hurricane devastated island of Dominica, Lt Cdr Ben Brazenall reached the milestone of 3000 hours.
Ben grew up in Honiton, Devon and was educated at Colyton Grammar School, then graduated from Southampton University with a BEng (Hons) in Aerospace Engineering. He joined the Royal Navy in 2002 and since gaining his wings in 2005 he has spent the majority of his career on the Commando Helicopter Force flying Sea King Mk4 and Merlin Mk3. He passed the arduous All Arms Commando Course in 2007, earning him the privilege of wearing the green beret and quickly gained a great deal of operational experience over seven flying tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before specialising as a helicopter instructor.
After teaching the new pilots at the Defence Helicopter Flying School for three years, he returned to the front line to teach on the Merlin Mk3, a role which has seen him involved in environmental training in Norway and California, as well as developing pilots to operate in the extremely challenging Maritime Counter Terrorism flight.
Having been recently promoted, he now assumes the Training Officer position on 845 Naval Air Squadron and has a busy diary over the next two years, including preparing the Squadron for operating from the new Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier.