Vice Admiral Sir Anthony Dymock was appointed United Kingdom Military Representative to the NATO & EU Military Committees on 31 March 2006. His early experience was naval, serving in 16 ships and commanding 3 of them. More recently his staff and command experience has been in the joint, NATO and political/military spheres.
Born in Liverpool in 1949, he joined the Royal Navy in 1969 while studying Russian and Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He spent the next 18 years at sea in a wide variety of ships including minehunters, frigates and the Royal Yacht. Following the naval staff course at Greenwich in 1981 he survived the Falklands War in the destroyer ANTRIM before joining Admiral Woodward’s battle staff, serving in various flagships around the world. With promotion to Commander in 1985 came command of HMS PLYMOUTH, including one of the early Caribbean anti drug patrols. During the 1991 Gulf War he served in USS MIDWAY on the staff of Battle Force Zulu and as the UK naval commander’s operations officer. He subsequently commanded HMS CAMPBELTOWN before taking Command of HMS CORNWALL and the Second Frigate Squadron. This time included a deployment to Sierra Leone to support humanitarian operations and the re-establishment of democracy. He returned to the Gulf as a Commodore in command of the INVINCIBLE battle group for SOUTHERN WATCH in Iraq followed by operations in the Adriatic for the Kosovo air campaign.
Admiral Dymock’s NATO experience includes a SNFL tour as Flag Captain, directing NATO courses at the Maritime Tactical School and commanding the UK Maritime Task Group in its ASWSTRIKFOR role. On promotion to Rear Admiral in 2000 Admiral Dymock became the first UK Deputy Commander of NATO’s STRIKFORSOUTH. As well as continuing operations in support of the former Yugoslavia, he also conducted a series of major NATO amphibious exercises around the Mediterranean and Black Seas on board the Sixth Fleet flagship USS LASALLE.
Admiral Dymock has served in the UK Ministry of Defence as a Commander on the Central (Joint) Staff, and as a Captain on the First Sea Lord’s naval staff. As a Rear Admiral he has served in Naples and in Washington DC as the UK Defence Attaché during the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns 2002-2005.
He married Lizzie Frewer, a gardening enthusiast, in 1977. They have a daughter in Edinburgh, a son at sea and a family home in Emsworth, near Portsmouth, England.
Anthony Dymock graduated from UEA in 1970 and BRNC Dartmouth in 1971. He is an alumnus of Harvard’s Kennedy School Senior Executive Security Program. He has lectured on security at the National Defense University in Washington DC and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was appointed CB in 2002 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2005. He is also a Member of the Nautical Institute and a Freeman of the City of London.