Who was David Niven (RAF Officer)?


Air Vice Marshal David Miller Niven, CB, CBE is a former Royal Air Force officer who served as the inaugural Commander of Joint Helicopter Command from 1999 to 2002.

Not to be confused with David Niven (the British Army officer and actor).

RAF Career

Educated at the University of St Andrews, Niven joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1968. He served as Commanding Officer of No. 18 Squadron and then No. 78 Squadron, before becoming Station Commander at RAF Aldergrove; he was air advisor to the Director SAS during the Falklands War in 1982 and Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Plans during the Gulf War in 1991.

Niven was a member of the implementation team to establish the Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood and then became the first commander of the new Joint Helicopter Command in October 1999 before retiring in January 2003.

Niven became Air Officer Northern Ireland on 01 September 2011 as a member of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.


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