Director, International Military Staff
Vice-Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks, KCB
2001 - 2004
Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks joined the Royal Navy in 1964 and after graduating from Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, served as a junior officer in frigates and destroyers of the Far East Fleet. In 1971 he gained his first command, the fast patrol boat HMS SCIMITAR. This was followed by specialisation as a warfare officer and deep specialisation in Navigation. Vice Admiral Haddacks served as navigating officer in a variety of ships and staffs, including an appointment as an exchange instructor at the US Naval Academy. Promoted Commander in 1979, Vice Admiral Haddacks commanded successively the frigates HMS CLEOPATRA and HMS NAIAD before a tour in the personnel department of the Ministry of Defence (Navy).
Promoted Captain in 1984, Vice Admiral Haddacks was Assistant Director of Navy Plans in the MOD before assuming command of the assault ship HMS INTREPID. This was followed by a further tour in the MOD as Deputy Director of Naval Warfare and an appointment on the staff of CinC Fleet in the historic role of Captain of the Fleet.
During 1990 Vice Admiral Haddacks was sent to the Gulf Theatre in the rank of Commodore to be Senior Naval Officer Middle East and commander of UK maritime forces during Operation Desert Shield.
Vice Admiral Haddacks assumed the appointment of Assistant Chief of Staff Policy and Requirements Division at SHAPE in June 1994 and subsequently was appointed United Kingdom Military Representative to the Military Committee on 24 February 1997. As UKMILREP, Admiral Haddacks represented the UK on NATO's Senior Military body, the Military Committee. During his time on the Military Committee NATO conducted peacekeeping operations in Bosnia, undertook the Kosovo air campaign and subsequent peacekeeping operations and underwent extensive internal adaptation. NATO also extended into military relationships with Russia, Ukraine and 24 other Partnership for Peace nations. Admiral Haddacks also represented the UK in the Western European Union and in the interim Military Body of the European Union.
Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks has been the Director of the International Military Staff at NATO since 19 March 2001. As the DIMS, he is head of the IMS and is responsible to the MC corporately for the efficient functioning of the IMS. He ensures the implementation of the policies and decisions, directs the preparation of position papers and studies, and recommends military policies to the MC.
A graduate of the Royal Naval College Greenwich, the Higher Command and Staff College Camberley and the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, Vice Admiral Haddacks interests include his family, travel, sailing and occasional golf. He is married to Penny and they have one son aged 27.
Admiral Haddacks has lived in and around the Portsmouth area since 1973. Prior to moving to Belgium his wife worked at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.