Neil Morisetti

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Neil Morisetti
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Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1976 - 2013
Rank Rear admiral
Commands held Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti CB is a retired senior British Royal Navy officer who is an Honorary Professor and Director of Strategy at University College London's Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy Department.

Naval career[edit]

Morisetti was educated at the City of London School, and subsequently joined the Royal Navy in 1976. After initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth he held shore postings and attended the University of East Anglia and graduated with a Bachelor of Science. In 1986 he was appointed commanding officer of the patrol boat HMS Cygnet of the Northern Ireland Squadron.[1]

He was later Principal Warfare Officer of the frigate Cumberland, and in 1991 joined the Naval Secretary's Department as an officers' appointer in 1991. In 1993-1994 he was commanding officer of the destroyer Cardiff.[1]

After attending the Joint Service Defence College Morisetti joined the Directorate of Navy Plans and Programmes in 1995.[1] He was then Chief Staff Officer for Plans and Programmes to Flag Officer Surface Flotilla, before returning to command Cardiff as Captain Fifth Destroyer Squadron in 1999.

Captain Morisetti returned to the Ministry of Defence as Deputy Director of Resources and Plans, and was then appointed Director TOPMAST, the project developing a new Royal Navy manpower system, as a commodore.[1]

Neil Morisetti meeting Zhu Xiaodan in 2013

After attending the Higher Command and Staff Course, in 2004 Morisetti took command of the aircraft carrier Invincible.[1] Invincible acted as the flagship during the Trafalgar 200 naval review off Portsmouth in June 2005, before being paid off the following month. In November 2005 he was promoted to rear admiral and appointed Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces (COMUKMARFOR), also serving as NATO High Readiness Force Maritime Commander.[1] In July 2007 he was appointed Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College.[1] He became the United Kingdom's Climate and Energy Security Envoy in November 2009,[2] and in January 2013 he was appointed as the Foreign Secretary's interim Special Representative for Climate Change, a position he held for ten months.[3]

Following his retirement from the Royal Navy, in January 2014 he was appointed an Honorary Professor and Director of Strategy at University College London's Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy Department.[4]

He is a Freeman of the City of London. Morisetti was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.[5]

Footnotes[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Style
Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces
2005–2007
Succeeded by
George Zambellas
Preceded by
Nigel Maddox
Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College
2007 – 2009
Succeeded by
Graham Binns