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Capt Ollie Dismore RNR

Published: 01 Dec 2021


Captain Oliver (Ollie) Dismore VR FRAeS

A Joint Honours graduate in Metallurgy and Mechanical Engineering from UMIST, Ollie joined the Royal Navy in 1976 as a full career seaman officer. Selected for flying training in 1982, his subsequent career saw a mix of operational flying, in ASW Sea King and Lynx helicopters, interspersed by ship command appointments and included CO HMS GUARDIAN, Flight Commander HMS ALACRITY, XO HMS NEWCASTLE, CO 706 Naval Air Squadron as well as running the airfield at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose.

After leaving the Fleet Air Arm in 1997, he specialised in Police aviation. Starting as a Line Pilot at East Midlands Air Support Unit, he served in every Unit appointment, including being Chief Pilot for West Mercia, Staffordshire and Surrey Forces, before taking up an appointment with the Home Office as National Police Aviation Advisor in November 2006. Architect of the 2009 National Police Air Operations Strategy, which proposed a national service he left the subsequent implementation project in 2010 to lead the Future Search and Rescue campaign for the Eurocopter Group.

Coaxed back from industry in March 2012 to take up the role of Flight Operations Director and subsequently Accountable Manager for the National Police Air Service (NPAS), Ollie retired from that role in February 2021. He has now returned to his roots as Chief pilot and Civil Operations Lead for HeliOperations based at the old RNAS Portland.

In parallel to life after the RN, Ollie spent 14 years in the Royal Naval Reserve, including three appointments as Captain – one as Head of the Air Branch and two in the wider Reserve, completing his service as the Senior Naval Reservist and ADC to Her Majesty the Queen.


Ollie lives in Newquay with wife Jo and Tog the Dog.


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