Philip Jones (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Philip Jones
Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones, Fleet Commander RN.jpg
Sir Philip Jones
Born 14 February 1960
Bebington, Wirral[1]
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1980 –
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Beaver
HMS Coventry
Amphibious Task Group
Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland
Joint Helicopter Command
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Vice Admiral Sir Philip Andrew Jones KCB (born 14 February 1960)[2] is a senior Royal Navy officer who currently serves as the Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at Birkenhead School, Mansfield College, Oxford and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth,[3] Jones joined the Royal Navy in 1980.[4] He was made commanding officer of the frigate Beaver in 1994, a member of the Directorate of Navy Plans in the Ministry of Defence in 1997 and commanding officer of the frigate Coventry as well as Captain of the 1st Frigate Squadron in 1999.[5] He went on to be Military Assistant to the Chief of Defence Logistics in 2002, Assistant Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief Fleet in 2004 and commander of the Amphibious Task Group in 2006.[3] He was made Flag Officer, Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland in February 2008[6] and in December 2008, following his appointment as Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces, he was given command of the European Union’s first naval task force assembled to protect international shipping in the waters off Somalia.[7] In 2009 he was made Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff.[8]

Jones was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2012 New Year Honours.[9][10] He was promoted to vice admiral and appointed Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet and Chief of Staff Navy Command Headquarters in September 2011.[11] His post was re-designated Deputy Fleet Commander in April 2012 and he became Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff on 30 November 2012.[12]

He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2014 Birthday Honours.[13]

Honours and Awards[edit]

Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) 2014
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) 2012
South Atlantic Medal BAR.svg South Atlantic Medal
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg General Service Medal With one clasp
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO medal for the former Yugoslavia With one clasp
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)

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Anthony Johnstone-Burt
Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland
February 2008 – September 2008
Succeeded by
Martin Alabaster
Preceded by
Sir George Zambellas
Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Peter Hudson
Preceded by
Robert Cooling
Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Matthew Parr
Preceded by
Sir George Zambellas
Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded
Preceded by
New Post
Deputy Fleet Commander
2012
Succeeded by
TBA
Preceded by
Sir George Zambellas
Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff
2012–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent