Patrick joined BRNC Dartmouth as a Cadet in September 1967. After his Midshipman’s year, split between the Fishery Protection minesweeper HMS LETTERSTON, and the Commando Carrier HMS BULWARK, a further year at Dartmouth and Sub Lieutenant’s courses followed.
Thereafter he volunteered for submarine training and subsequently served in HM Ships PORPOISE, RORQUAL, CHURCHILL and ORACLE before completing the “Perisher” course in 1979. Over the following years, he filled command appointments as CO of HMS OTTER, XO of HMS SCEPTRE, CO HMS TRAFALGAR AND CO HMS RESOLUTION (stbd) as well as shore appointments at Northwood, Portland and Whitehall.
Promoted Captain in 1993, he undertook four more appointments culminating in Captain Faslane Flotilla from where he retired in early 2004.
He was made a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List of that year.
On retirement he became the Bursar at Queenswood, the girls’ boarding and day school in Hertfordshire, before accepting a training role within AGBIS (Association of Governing Bodies in Independent Schools) 2012-2014.
He lives in North Yorkshire with his wife Elizabeth, and is a Vice Patron the Battle of the Atlantic Memorial project. He is the Grandson of Captain Frederic “Johnnie” Walker, WWII famed anti-submarine warfare commander.
He took over as Patron of the Sea Urchins from Admiral Sir John Kerr in 2015.