July 9, 2008: Rear Adm. Kendall Card bids Royal Navy Commodore Duncan Potts farewell after turning over command of the Combined Task Force One Five Eight (CTF) 158 mission.
|Years of service||1979 -|
|Commands held||HMS Brilliant
Educated at Wellington School in Somerset, Potts joined the Royal Navy in 1979. He became Commanding Officer of the frigate HMS Brilliant in 1996, Commanding Officer of the destroyer HMS Southampton in 1997 and a member of the Policy and Programmes Cell at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in 1998 before becoming Commander Sea Training to the Flag Officer Sea Training in 1999. He was appointed Commander of the frigate HMS Marlborough and the 4th Frigate Squadron in 2000 and deployed to the Middle East.
He went on to be Captain Navy Plans and then Military Assistant to the Vice-Chief of Defence Staff at the Ministry of Defence. He was appointed Commander of the UK Task Group in 2007 (in which role he was deployed to the Gulf) and Assistant Chief of Staff (Crisis and Deliberate Planning) at Permanent Joint Headquarters in 2009. He became Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces in January 2011 (deployed as Commander of EU maritime operations off Somalia from August 2011).
|Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces