Alan Massey

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This article is about the Royal Navy admiral. For the Scottish writer, see Allan Massie.
Sir Alan Massey
Born 9 March 1953
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Illustrious
HMS Ark Royal
Naval Home Command
Battles/wars Afghanistan War
Iraq War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Vice Admiral Sir Alan Michael Massey, KCB, CBE (born 9 March 1953) is a former senior officer in the Royal Navy who served as the Second Sea Lord.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at the University of Liverpool and Britannia Royal Naval College, Alan Massey saw service as captain of HMS Newcastle, HMS Campbeltown, HMS Illustrious during operations against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in 2001 and as captain of HMS Ark Royal when he led the amphibious assault into Iraq in 2003.[1] He led the Operations Division of the Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood and then went on to be Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff in July 2005.[1] He assumed office as Second Sea Lord in a ceremony aboard HMS Victory in July 2008.[1]

Later life[edit]

Having left the Navy, Massey was appointed Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on 20 July 2010.[2]


He and his wife, Julie, live in Southsea with their four children, James, Bella, Tom and Sally. Lady Julie Massey is sponsor of Royal Navy's destroyer HMS Defender.


On 31 October 2003, Massey was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services whilst on operations in Iraq during the period 19th March to 19th April 2003".[3] He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours.[4] He is a recipient of two campaign medals: the Iraq Medal and the Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan.


Military offices
Preceded by
Adrian Johns
Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Robert Cooling
Preceded by
Sir Adrian Johns
Second Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Charles Montgomery