Bauer in 2017
|Birth name||Robert Peter Bauer|
|Born||11 November 1962|
|Service/||Royal Netherlands Navy|
|Years of service||1981–present|
|Commands held||Chief of Defense|
Vice Chief of Defence
HNLMS Johan de Witt
HNLMS De Ruyter
Robert Peter "Rob" Bauer (born 11 November 1962) is a lieutenant admiral in the Royal Netherlands Navy serving as Chief of Defence (Dutch: Commandant der Strijdkrachten) since 5 October 2017. He was Vice Chief of Defence of the Armed forces of the Netherlands from 1 September 2015 until 13 July 2017. After the resignation of Tom Middendorp, he became Chief of Defence.
He commanded the HNLMS De Ruyter (F804) in 2005-2007, his command also includes the operational deployment in the Mediterranean with the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 as part of the NATO Response Force (Operation Active Endeavour). He was deployed in Bahrain in 2006 as the Deputy Commander of Task Force 150 in the Operation Enduring Freedom. He also commanded the HNLMS Johan de Witt (L801) in 2010-2011.
He was promoted to commodore in 2011 and appointed as Deputy Director of Plans for Operational Policy and Innovation, focusing on the future defense fields of The Netherlands. In 2012, he was promoted to rear admiral and appointed as Director of Plans. He was also a member of the Council for Defence Research and Development, the National Council for Cyber Security and the Netherlands Coast Guard Council.
On 9 October 2020, Allied Chiefs of Defence elected Admiral Rob Bauer to be the next Chairman of the NATO Military Committee , the senior military adviser to the Secretary General. Admiral Bauer will take up the position following the end of Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach’s tenure in June 2021
- - Officer's Cross
- - Royal Netherlands Navy service medal
- - NATO medal for the former Yugoslavia
- (in Dutch)
- (in Dutch) Benoeming nieuwe Commandant der Strijdkrachten, Rijksoverheid.nl, 24 February 2017.
- Chief of Defence (in English)
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