Admiral lan Forbes joined the Royal Navy in
1965. He spent much of his early career at sea, including tours in HM
Yacht BRITANNIA and on American Exchange with USS WH STANDLEY. Qualifying
as a Principal Warfare Officer in 1976, he specialised as an Anti Air
Warfare Officer in 1978.
He has commanded 4 ships. KINGFISHER, DIOMEDE. CHATHAM and INVINCIBLE,
and been engaged in active operations off Iceland, the Falklands, in the
Gulf and Adriatic. He has participated in the STANDING NAVAL FORCE ATLANTIC
on 3 occasions, and was Staff Officer Operations to COMAS WSRIKFOR in
A graduate of the RAF Staff College at Bracknell, he attended RCDS in
1994. He was appointed CBE following work on Yugoslavia in the MOD in
1991/93, and was awarded the Queens Commendation for Valuable Service
in recognition of HMS INVINCIBLE's participation in the NATO bombing campaign
over Bosnia in 1995.
On promotion to Rear Admiral, he moved to the post of Military Advisor
to the High Representative in Sarajevo, Car1 Bildt, later assuming the
duties of Chief Of Staff within the High Representative's office in Bosnia.
He then commanded the UK Task Group. He was the Commander onboard HMS
INVINCIBLE and then HMS ILLUSTRIOUS during the crisis with Iraq in 1998,
and returned to the Gulf onboard HMS INVINCIBLE in the wake of OPERATION
DESERT FOX the following year. He later relocated to the Adriatic to command
the UK maritime contribution to NATO operations in Kosovo.
He assumed his last appointment as Flag Officer Surface Flotilla in April
2000 where he had specific responsibility to the Commander-in-Chief Fleet
for the operational capability of the Surface Flotilla.
He was promoted to Admiral in December 2001 and served as Deputy SACLANT
for 10 months before taking up his current appointment. Admiral Forbes
is a member of the Windsor Leadership Trust, and a Governor of Portsmouth
High School for Girls.