James Burnell-Nugent

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Sir James Burnell-Nugent
Born (1949-11-20) 20 November 1949 (age 64)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1971–2007
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Olympus
HMS Conqueror
HMS Brilliant
HMS Invincible
Naval Home Command
Fleet
Battles/wars Kosovo War
Iraq War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Admiral Sir James Michael Burnell-Nugent KCBCBEADC (born 20 November 1949) was the Commander-in-Chief Fleet of the Royal Navy.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge,[1] Burnell-Nugent joined the Royal Navy in 1971.[2] He was given command of the diesel submarine HMS Olympus in 1978 and of the nuclear-powered submarine HMS Conqueror in 1984,[2] carrying out many Cold War patrols. He became Commanding Officer of the frigate HMS Brilliant as well as Captain of the 2nd Frigate Squadron in 1992, and in that capacity was involved in the early stages of the Bosnia Crisis.[2] He was in command of the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible when she made two joint operational deployments to the Gulf for air operations over Iraq and then conducted further air operations during the Kosovo War.[2] He became Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff in 1999.[2] As Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces from 2001 to 2002, he was Maritime Commander of the UK Joint Force and the Deputy Maritime Commander of the Coalition for the first 6 months of the War in Afghanistan.[2]

On promotion to Vice Admiral, he took up the post of Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command in 2003.[2] On 15 November 2005, he was promoted to Admiral and took up his position as Commander-in-Chief Fleet.[2] He also held the honorary position of Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom from 2005 to 2007.[1] He retired in 2008.[2]

He stood down from this position in November 2007 in which he was replaced by Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope. He now runs Orchard Leadership.[3]

He was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1999 and Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 2004.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Henrietta Marie Woods in 1973. They have three sons and a daughter.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Jonathon Band
Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff
1999–2001
Succeeded by
Timothy McClement
Preceded by
New Post
Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces
2001–2002
Succeeded by
David Snelson
Preceded by
Sir Peter Spencer
Second Sea Lord
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Sir Adrian Johns
Preceded by
Sir Jonathon Band
Commander-in-Chief Fleet
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Sir Mark Stanhope
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Jeremy Black
Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Sir Mark Stanhope