Admiral Édouard Guillaud, France
25th Chef d'état-major des Armées
|Born||10 July 1953|
|Years of service||1973 – 2014|
|Commands held||Chief of the Defence Staff
Chief of the Military Staff of the President of the Republic
Corvette captain on the French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle
Ship-of-the-Line Captain on the French aircraft carrier Georges Clemenceau
Ship-of-the-line captain of the BATRAL Dumont d'Urville
|Battles/wars||Lebanese Civil War
2011 Libyan civil war
Northern Mali conflict
|Awards|| Grand Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour
Officer of the National Order of Merit
Officer of the Order of Maritime Merit
Admiral Édouard Guillaud (born 10 July 1953) is a retired French Navy officer and admiral. He devoted a significant part of his career to the design of the Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier, and eventually captained her. He served as Chief of the Defence Staff from 25 February 2010 to 2014.
Upon graduation, in 1978, he served on the escort Paimpolaise, monitoring the nuclear trials in Mururoa, and on the SNLE L' Indomptable and on Le Redoutable. In 1979 Guillaud took command of the minesweeper Lobelia, for one year. The next year, he studied for a specialisation in gunnery and missiles.
In the early 1980s, Guillaud was sent in exchange in the United States. He then served on the aviso Amyot d'Inville and the T 47-class destroyers Du Chayla and Kersaint, cruising off Iran and Lebanon in 1983.
Guillaud went on to study at the École supérieure de guerre navale and at the cours supérieur interarmées, rising to capitaine de frégate in 1989. He specialised in nuclear engineering, obtaining a degree in 1990.
In 1992, he took command of the light escort Enseigne de vaisseau Henry (F749). In 1993, he re-integrated the design team for the nuclear carrier. Guillaud was promoted to capitaine de vaisseau in 1996. The following year, he took the position of second officer on the Charles De Gaulle, which was then being completed in Brest.
From 1999 to 2001, Guillaud captained the nuclear carrier Charles De Gaulle, supervising her trials and fittings. The next year, he studied at the Centre des hautes études militaires and at the Institut des hautes études de Défense nationale.
From 2002 to 2004, he served as the naval aid to the chief of the personal staff of the President of the Republic.
Between 2004 and 2006, Guillaud was préfet maritime for the English Channel and the North Sea. He was promoted to vice-amiral on 1 April 2006. The same year, he was called by Jacques Chirac to take on the position of Chief of the Military Staff of the President of the Republic, replacing General Georgelin; Guillaud took the office on 4 October, and was confirmed in this role in May 2007 after the election of Nicolas Sarkozy. In December 2007 he was promoted to admiral.
In 2013 he commanded the French Forces in the Mali Civil War.
In popular culture
In January 2014, a photoshopped screenshot from a French TV show from January 2012 started circulating the internet and quickly went viral where Admiral Édouard Guillaud's name in the onscreen caption had been replaced by Général Arse Biscuités. "Arse Biscuits" is a phrase made popular in the television show Father Ted.
Decorations and medals
- Honorary Corporal of the French Foreign Legion.
Sources and references
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Édouard Guillaud.|
- L'amiral Guillaud devient chef d'état-major, AFP-Le Figaro, 27 January 2010
- Sauvegarde maritime, bilan de l'action de la marine nationale 2005/2006, French Ministry of Defence
- L'amiral Guillaud, un marin très "ops", Jean-Dominique Merchet, Libération
- Défenseur de la mer patrie, Jean-Dominique Merchet, Libération
- L'amiral Edouard Guillaud, nouveau chef d'état-major des armées, Le Monde
- Traynor, Ian (25 March 2011). "Nato to decide within days whether to take control of Libya military action". The Guardian.
- General Arse Biscuites: Real or Fake?
|Chief of the Defence Staff
25 February 2010 –14 February 2014
Pierre de Villiers