Permanent Joint Headquarters
|Permanent Joint Headquarters|
|Branch|| Royal Navy|
Royal Air Force
|Part of||Joint Forces Command|
|Vice Admiral Ben Key|
The Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) is the British tri-service headquarters from where all overseas military operations are planned and controlled. It is situated at Northwood Headquarters in Northwood, London. The Permanent Joint Headquarters is commanded by the Chief of Joint Operations (CJO) and the current CJO is Vice Admiral Ben Key.
The Permanent Joint Headquarters was established on 1 April 1996 to enhance the operational effectiveness and efficiency of UK-led joint, potentially joint and multi-national operations, and to exercise operational command of UK forces assigned to multinational operations led by others. The PJHQ started to assume responsibility for military operations worldwide (fully operational) on 1 August 1996. The 35-hectare Northwood Headquarters site has belonged to the RAF since 1938.
In 2007/2008, the PJHQ' s budget was estimated around £475 million.
Mission and duties
The PJHQ's mission is as follows:
CJO is to exercise operational command of UK forces assigned to overseas joint and combined operations; and to provide policy aware military advice to the MOD in order to achieve MOD UK’s strategic objectives on operations
There are certain areas that the headquarters was not and will not be involved in:
- Strategic Nuclear Deterrent
- Defence of the UK Home Base, Territorial Waters and Airspace
- Northern Ireland
- Counter-terrorism in UK (Home Office)
- NATO Article V (General War) (NATO Military Command Structure)
|April 1996||Lieutenant General||Sir Christopher Wallace|
|February 1999||Vice Admiral||Sir Ian Garnett|
|August 2001||Lieutenant General||Sir John Reith|
|26 July 2004||Air Marshal||Sir Glenn Torpy|
|March 2006||Lieutenant General||Sir Nicholas Houghton|
|13 March 2009||Air Marshal||Sir Stuart Peach|
|December 2011||Lieutenant General||Sir David Capewell|
|January 2015||Lieutenant General||Sir John Lorimer|
|June 2017||Vice Admiral||Timothy Fraser|
|April 2019||Vice Admiral||Ben Key|
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