David Steel (Royal Navy officer)

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David George Steel
Born (1961-04-06) 6 April 1961 (age 53)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1988 - Present
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Second Sea Lord
Naval Secretary
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

Vice Admiral David George Steel, CBE (born 6 April 1961) is a senior Royal Navy officer who currently serves as Second Sea Lord.

Early life[edit]

Steel was born on 6 April 1961. He was educated at Rossall School, a public school in Lancashire. He attended Durham University, where he read law. He graduated in 1983. He was called to the bar in 1988.[1]

Military career[edit]

Steel joined the Royal Navy in 1979.[1] In December 1999, he was commended for valuable service in support of operations in Kosovo and Macedonia earlier that year.[2] In November 2005 he became Commander HM Naval Base Portsmouth and in that capacity was honoured for his "inspirational leadership" during the battle against government cuts in 2007.[3] He was also given the title of Chief Naval Logistics Officer.[4] In November 2008 Steel was made Director of Service Personnel Policy (Pay and Allowances) at the Ministry of Defence[5] and, in April 2010, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed Naval Secretary.[6]

Steel was promoted to Vice Admiral and appointed Second Sea Lord in October 2012.[7]

Honours and decorations[edit]

Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg

NATO Medal w Służbie Pokoju i Wolności BAR.svg Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png UK Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service device.svg

Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 2009
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg General Service Medal With 1 clasp
NATO Medal w Służbie Pokoju i Wolności BAR.svg NATO Medal for Kosovo
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
UK Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service device.svg Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service 1999

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Chief of Naval Personnel & Training and Second Sea Lord". MOD - Royal Navy. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 55711. p. 43. 31 December 1999. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  3. ^ Hands off our base Portsmouth News, 17 October 2007
  4. ^ Royal Navy Logistics officers' conference - A NAVSUP perspective Navy Supply Corps Newsletter, 1 September 2008
  5. ^ Royal Navy Engineer takes command of Portsmouth Naval Base Queen's Harbour Master, 17 November 2008
  6. ^ Next 2SL is appointed Navy News, February 2010
  7. ^ Ups and outs July 2012 Defence Viewpoints
Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Montgomery
Naval Secretary
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Jonathan Woodcock
Preceded by
Sir Charles Montgomery
Second Sea Lord
2012–
Succeeded by
Incumbent