Military Representative of Germany

Vice Admiral Frank D C Ropers
German Navy

2006 -

Vice Admiral Frank Ropers was born in August 1946 and commissioned into the Federal German Navy in 1969. Service in the Fast Patrol Boat and Destroyer Flotillas led to command of the Fast Patrol Boat FGS OZELOT from 1973 to 1975. A tour as ADC to the German Military Representative at SHAPE was followed by a series of appointments in FGS LÜTJENS, latterly as the Executive Officer, a sequence only interrupted by completion of the General Staff Course at the Federal Armed Forces Command and General Staff College in Hamburg .

From the end of 1983 until 1986 he was a member of the Defence Secretary’s planning staff which was followed by command of FGS ROMMEL. Promoted to Captain in 1989, he returned to the Staff College as the principal instructor for Maritime Warfare and Operational Planning.

An appointment as Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff SHAPE in 1990 preceded attendance at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London for the 1993 course, following which he was seconded to the Head of the Naval Office at Wilhelmshaven with a special project management portfolio.

On promotion to Flag rank in October 1994, he became Commandant of the Naval Academy Mürwik and subsequently commander of the NATO Standing Naval Force Mediterranean from September 1995 until September 1996. For the majority of that period the force were integrated into the NATO/WEU Maritime Task Force conducting Operation SHARP GUARD, embargo operations off the former Republic of Yugoslavia .

On return to Wilhelmshaven , he assumed command of the German Destroyer Flotilla and was responsible for all destroyers, frigates and support ships of the Federal German Navy. Vice Admiral Ropers was appointed Head of the Naval Office at Rostock in September 1998, one of the three major commands in the Federal German Navy.

He joined the HQ of Commander-in-Chief East Atlantic and Commander Allied Naval Forces North in January 2001 as Chief of Staff and became the Deputy Commander in April 2003. On transformation of the NATO Command System Vice Admiral Ropers subsequently assumed the appointment as Deputy Commander Allied Maritime Component Command Northwood. He took up his present post in May 2006.

Vice Admiral Frank Ropers and his wife Gabriele (Gaby) have two daughters, one living and forging a career in Hamburg , the other in Berlin .