"defence of the heart"

About this Group

The new 11 Group combines the capabilities of the COS Ops AO with the Air Battle Staff, comprising the deployable Joint Force Air Component (JFAC), the National Air & Space Operations Centre (NASOC) and the Executive Team.  It also incorporates the BM Force, providing the building blocks for the generation of a powerful non-kinetic effects capability.

Multi-Domain Operations

The nature of warfare is evolving constantly and Air Command must adapt and be able to conduct operations across multiple environments or domains, particularly Air, Space and Cyber. The huge amount of data that we collect must be applied with a focused and integrated approach, where intelligence and information activity is incorporated into the planning and execution of operations across the domains.

Air Officer Commanding

Air Vice-Marshal Phil Robinson CBE DFC** MA RAF

Air Vice-Marshal Phil Robinson was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1992.  On completion of flying training he was posted to 18 Squadron in Germany to fly the Chinook.  He returned to the UK in 1997 and was posted to 7 Squadron, taking over as the Squadron Tactics Instructor in 2000 and the Squadron Second in Command in 2002.  He has flown extensively throughout the world, including on operations in Bosnia, Albania, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon.  He worked in a US Joint Headquarters in Baghdad at the end of 2003 and spent an enlightening two months with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell in 2004.  He assumed Command of 7 Squadron in 2005 and was the Commanding Officer of the Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing from 2010 to 2012, flying both the RAF Chinook and the Army Air Corps Lynx.  During this period Robinson deployed to Malta to support operations in Libya and was responsible for providing specialist aviation support to the London Olympic Games in 2012.

Robinson has conducted staff appointments in the Joint Helicopter Command and the Department of Equipment Capability in the Ministry of Defence.  He was the Deputy Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Defence Staff from 2012 to 2013 and was appointed the Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff in July 2013.  On completion of Higher Command and Staff Course in 2015, he was appointed as the UK Chinook Force Commander and Station Commander RAF Odiham.  He was a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies from 2017 to 2018 and attended the US CAPSTONE Course in September 2018.  He was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff Operations at the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters in 2018, before he assumed the post of Director of the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, (Al-Udeid) in December 2020.  He was promoted to Air Vice-Marshal and appointed to Air Officer Commanding No 11 Group at HQ Air Command in December 2021.

He was awarded a Joint Commanders Commendation in 2000, the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in 2001, a bar to the DFC in 2003 and a second bar in 2007.  He was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2013 and a Commander of the British Empire in 2021.

Air Vice-Marshal Robinson is married to Sharon and they have three very spirited sons. He enjoys most sports but particularly skiing, representing the RAF in his younger days, marathon running and triathlon.

Who makes this group

RAF Stations

Key dates

1918

Formed on 1st April, the Group only existed for just over a month before being disbanded.

1919-1920

Active between 22 August and reduced to wing size just two years later.

1936

On 14 July 1936, 11 Group became the first RAF Fighter Command group formed, with the responsibility for the air defence of southern England, including London. 11 Group's most famous period was during the Battle of Britain when, due to its position, 11 Group bore the brunt of the German aerial assault.

1968

11 Group was incorporated into RAF Strike Command in 1968, with its headquarters at RAF Bentley Priory. Here, the Group took responsibility for the UK Air Defence Region and was instrumental in monitoring the Nation’s airspace and directing the RAF’s air defence assets for much of the Cold War.

1996

The Group was merged with the maritime units of No 18 Gp to form No 11/18 Gp before being disbanded on 1 Apr 2000.

2018

Reformed on 1st November is No 11 Group.