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YPFP London Distinguished Speaker Series: First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC

October 29, 2012 07:00 pm


HMS President (on-shore establishment)
72 St Katharine's Way
E1W 1UQ London
United States


YPFP London Distinguished Speaker Series: First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC


When: Monday 29th October 7pm

Where: HMS President (on-shore establishment), 72 St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1UQ


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Event description:  

YPFP London is delighted to invite you attend a special evening with the First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC. The Admiral will discuss the Royal Navy’s strategic priorities, and the role it plays in reacting to international political and humanitarian crises. He will also draw on his own experiences, which span over 40 years, and offer his thoughts on the future direction of the Royal Navy.



Speaker profile:

Mark Stanhope is the Royal Navy's professional head and Chairman of the Navy Board. He is

responsible to Secretary of State for the fighting effectiveness, efficiency and morale of the Naval

Service, and as a member of the Defence Council supports the Secretary of State in the management

and direction of the Armed Forces.


As a member of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, he advises on maritime strategy and policy whilst as

a member of the Defence Board, he has a collective responsibility for providing strategic direction to

the MoD.


Joining the Royal Navy in 1970, his career has included command of submarines and surface ships as

well as broad experience in Whitehall and the NATO Alliance. During the Cold War he commanded

the conventional submarine HMS ORPHEUS (1981-1983) and the nuclear powered submarine HMS

SPLENDID (1986-1989). His final sea command was the aircraft carrier HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (1998-

2000) which included combined exercises and operational patrols again in the Gulf, but also off

Sierra Leone.


As a junior officer Admiral Stanhope read Physics at Oxford. He conducted formal staff training at

Greenwich, attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1997 and Higher Command and Staff

Course in 1998. Awarded the OBE in 1990, he was knighted in 2004 and further honoured in 2010

with a GCB. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Plymouth

in 2012. He is a recipient of the US Legion of Merit (Officer). A Freeman of the City of London and

the Guild of Freemen, he is a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Liveryman of the Upholders Company, and is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College Oxford.

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