Ian Forbes

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Sir Ian Forbes
Born (1946-10-24) 24 October 1946 (age 70)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1965 – 2004
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Kingfisher
HMS Diomede
HMS Chatham
HMS Invincible
Battles/wars Cod Wars
Falklands War
Bosnian War
Kosovo War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Queens Commendation for Valuable Service
NATO Meritorious Service Medal (Accepted not worn)
US Legion of Merit (Accepted not worn)

Admiral Sir Ian Andrew Forbes KCB CBE (born 24 October 1946) is a former Royal Navy officer who became Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at Eastbourne College, Forbes joined the Royal Navy in 1965.[1] His early service included time in the Royal Yacht HMY Britannia, a US Exchange Tour in the destroyer USS William H. Standley, in the frigate HMS Whitby as Navigating Officer during the Cod War, and as Operations Officer in the destroyer HMS Glamorgan during the Falklands War. Thereafter, he was the Staff Operations Officer to the Flag Officer Third Flotilla in his NATO hat as Commander Anti-Submarine Warfare Striking Force (CASWSF), the Royal Navy’s key operational link with the US Striking Fleet at sea in Cold War Norwegian Sea Operations.

He was given command of the patrol craft HMS Kingfisher, the frigate HMS Diomede, the frigate HMS Chatham, and the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible.[1] He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1994 for his work in the Ministry of Defence on the Bosnian War.[2] During his time in HMS Invincible, he was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in 1996 following the ship’s contribution to NATO’s Operation Deliberate Force, the bombing campaign against the Serbs of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[3]

After promotion to rear admiral in 1996, he was appointed Military Advisor to Carl Bildt at the Office of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo charged with reconstructing Bosnia and Herzegovina following the Bosnian War.[4] He also acted as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the High Representative during this period. Appointed as the Commander of the United Kingdom Task Group, he led the Battle Group's contribution during the Gulf Crisis of 1997, and during the NATO led Kosovo War in the Adriatic Sea in 1998. This appointment carried with it the NATO post of Commander Anti-Submarine Warfare Striking Force. He went on to become the Commander of the Surface Flotilla in 2000, and was then sent, in the rank of Admiral, in 2002 to the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic (SACLANT) in Norfolk, Virginia, USA as the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander.[4] In this post, he filled the role of Supreme Commander as the last SACLANT.[5] Whilst doing so, he was the architect of the new NATO Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk with responsibilities for the delivery of a transformation process across the Alliance mandated at the Prague Summit in 2003.[6] Appointed as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 2003,[7] he retired as the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in 2004. For his work in Norfolk, he was awarded the inaugural NATO Meritorious Service Medal by the NATO Secretary General, George Robertson, at the NATO Defence Ministerial Meeting in Colorado Springs in 2003.[8] In the following year, the US Government awarded him the US Legion of Merit.[9]

Later life[edit]

In retirement, Forbes has become an advisor to Booz & Company, now Strategy&, the management consultancy arm of pwc.[9] He was also Chairman of the Governors of Eastbourne College from 2005.[1][10]

Chairman of the Naval Review from 2006 until 2013, he is currently the President of the Forces Pension Society. He is also the President of the HMS Glamorgan Association, established following the ship’s service in the Falklands War. He is married to Sally who is sponsor of the survey vessel HMS Enterprise.[11]

Honours & Decorations[edit]

Order of the Bath (ribbon).svg Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png South Atlantic Medal w rosette BAR.svg

NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg NATO Medal w Służbie Pokoju i Wolności BAR.svg Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png

QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png NATO Meritorious Service Medal bar.svg Us legion of merit officer rib.png UK Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service device.svg

Order of the Bath (ribbon).svg Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath 2003
Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Commander of the Order of the British Empire 1994
South Atlantic Medal w rosette BAR.svg South Atlantic Medal 1982
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal for Bosnia (Op Deliberate Force) 1995
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg General Service Medal for Iraq Operations 1997
NATO Medal w Służbie Pokoju i Wolności BAR.svg NATO Medal for Kosovo 1998
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
NATO Meritorious Service Medal bar.svg NATO Meritorious Service Medal 2003
Us legion of merit officer rib.png Legion of Merit 2004
UK Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service device.svg Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service 1999

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sir Ian Forbes". Debretts People of Today. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "No. 53696". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1994. p. 5. 
  3. ^ "No. 54393". The London Gazette. 10 May 1996. p. 6547. 
  4. ^ a b "Senior Royal Navy Appointments" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  5. ^ NATO Review 2003
  6. ^ Foreign Policy Magazine dated Mar/Apr 2004
  7. ^ "No. 56963". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2003. p. 2. 
  8. ^ US Congressional Record 1333 dated 24 Jun 2003
  9. ^ a b "Admiral Sir Ian Forbes". Strategy&. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Board of Governors - Eastbourne College". Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Navy's new survey vessel named Enterprise". Retrieved 11 January 2015. 

See also[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir James Perowne
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic
January 2002–October 2002
Succeeded by
Himself
As Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
Preceded by
William F. Kernan
Acting Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic
October 2002–June 2003
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded
Preceded by
Himself
As Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
June 2003–July 2004
Succeeded by
Sir Mark Stanhope