Charles Style

Vice Admiral and Director RCDS ret

Vice Admiral and Director RCDS ret

Vice Admiral Charles Style’s first career from Cambridge University until retirement from active service 33 years later was spent in the Royal Navy, mostly at sea. He commanded five ships (the patrol boat HMS SANDPIPER, the minesweeper HMS WOTTON, two frigates HMS ANDROMEDA and CAMPBELTOWN, and the aircraft carrier and Fleet Flagship HMS ILLUSTRIOUS) between 1981 and 2001. Appointed CBE in 2002, he later commanded the UK Maritime Force, including a year as the Commander of NATO’s Maritime High Readiness Force. These appointments together with five others brought him operational experience in command of the Armilla Patrol in the Gulf, Hormuz convoy operations at the end of the Iran/Iraq war, embargo enforcement and land support in the Adriatic, provision of close air support over Sierra Leone, the launch of operations into Afghanistan, a season in the Antarctic onboard HMS ENDURANCE and a year in the Royal Yacht BRITANNIA. Charles Style also served in the UK Ministry of Defence in various appointments, including lastly Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Commitments). In this role as a Vice Admiral he was Director of UK Military Operations and Head of the Defence Crisis Management Organisation. He was a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies (Belgrave Square London) in 1999 and became its Commandant on retirement from active Naval service in 2008 where (early 2011) he remains developing international strategists from between 40 and 50 nations. In addition he is an Executive-in-Residence at the Manchester Business School, a member of the Advisory Boards of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (UK) and the World Security Foundation, a past Trustee of the Britannia Association for ten years, and a past Advisor to the St Martin-in-the-Fields Renewal Project in London. He is a member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, and a Younger Brother of Trinity House (United Kingdom)



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