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Harvey Smyth

AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/ branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1991 -
RankAir Vice Marshal
Commands heldNo. 1 Group RAF Marham No. 4 Squadron
Battles/warsKosovo War Iraq War War in Afghanistan
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath Officer of the Order of the British Empire Distinguished Flying Cross Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States) Meritorious Service Medal (United States)

The Russian satellite test launch had characteristics of a weapon, man in charge of Britain Space programmes has say. Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth said this could threaten peaceful use of space and risk causing debris that could pose a threat to satellites and space systems on which the world depend. He said in a tweet from the Ministry of Defence that he was concerned by the launch and called on Russia to avoid further tests of this type. Air Vice-Marshal Smyth, head of UK Space directorate, add: We also urge Russia to continue to work constructively with the UK and other partners to encourage responsible behaviour in Space. In the test, Russia is believed to have fired a projectile from one of its satellites to another. The US also condemned the action, describing the event as test of anti-satellite weapon. US Space command say Russia injected a new object into orbit from satellite Cosmos 2543. General Jay Raymond, US Space Force chief of Space operations, say: Russian satellite system used to conduct this on-orbit weapons test is the same satellite system that we raised concerns about earlier this year, when Russia maneuvered near US government satellite. This is further evidence of Russian continuing efforts to develop and test Space-base systems, and consistent with the Kremlin publishing military doctrine to employ weapons that hold US and foreign space assets at risk. Get in touch with our news team by emailing US at webnews metro. Co. UK. For more stories like this, check our news page.

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RAF career

Smyth grew up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1991, being commissioned as acting pilot Officer on 9 May. His rank was made substantive on 9 May 1992 and advanced to Flying Officer twelve months later, before he was posted to the Harrier Force in 1995. He was advanced to flight lieutenant on 9 November 1996. Smyth serve with No. 1 Squadron as Weapons Instructor from 1999, and was promoted to Squadron leader on 1 July 2001. He subsequently served in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, for which he was awarded distinguish Flying Cross. Smyth was promoted to wing Commander on 1 January 2006, and Command No. 4 Squadron from 1 September 2008 to 31 March 2010. Smyth was appointed Officer of Order of British Empire in the 2011 New Year Honours, was subsequently advanced to Group captain, and appointed United Kingdom's National Director of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II procurement programme in Washington, DC. He was Aide-de-Camp to the Queen from 13 December 2013 to 30 July 2015. As Air commodore, Smyth was appointed Honorary Colonel of 2 Battalion, Army Cadet Force from 1 June 2016, and attended the Higher Command and Staff Course at Defence Academy of United Kingdom in 2017. Following a stint as Combined Air and Space Operations Centre Director at Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, Smyth was promoted to Air Vice Marshal and appointed Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group in July 2018. He was awarded the United States' Legion of Merit, and was granted permission to wear the award by the Queen on 5 April 2019. Smyth was appointed as first Director of Space in February 2020, and was succeeded in Command of No. 1 Group by Air Vice Marshal Allan Marshall. Reporting on Smyth's new post, Defense News write that up to 25 civilian and military personnel involved in finance, policy and capabilities will support the New Space directorate in the Ministry of Defence's Main Building. It also write that No. 23 Squadron RAF had been reform, as Space Squadron, responsible for day-to-day Space Command-and-control and remote control and manoeuvring of satellites. Smyth was appointed Companion of the Order of Bath in the 2020 Birthday Honours.

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