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Admiral Sir James Perowne KBE

Admiral Sir James Perowne KBE

Admiral Sir James Perowne KBE left the Royal Navy six years ago following a full and varied 37 year career. He specialised in submarines and commanded both a diesel boat, HMS Opportune 1976-77, and a nuclear powered fleet submarine, HMS Superb 1981-83. He was awarded the OBE after his second command.

Later he was placed in command of the Second Submarine Squadron consisting of ten nuclear powered fleet submarines

In 1996 he made it to the top of the submarine tree by being appointed as Flag Officer Submarines, the head of the submarine service.

Not satisfied with just submarines, he was also sent to command two frigates, HMS Boxer 1986-88 – which included service in the Gulf during the Iran/Iraq tanker war – and HMS Norfolk where he was lucky enough to be the first Royal Navy ship in 22 years to visit Cape Town in 1994 after the boycott due to apartheid was finally ended. This command included command of the 6th Frigate Squadron numbering up to ten ships.

He was posted to the British Embassy staff in Washington DC which started a strong and continuing liking for the USA and for the openness of its citizens.

This relationship with the Americans was reinforced when, as his final posting in the service, he was sent to Norfolk, Virginia, to be the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic in NATO – a job where he found it difficult to shave in the morning due to the permanent smile on his face! He was made a KBE during his appointment.

He continues his connections with the Services as President of The Submariners Association, as a trustee of The British Forces Foundation, and as President of the Royal Navy Benevolent Society to Officers and Association of Royal Navy Officers. He is also Chairman of the James Caird Society, promoting Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Married to Nicola, with four grown-up sons, he enjoys golf, canal boating, and classic cars.

Latest News

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Morale booster in Poland

March 28, 2019

Comedian Dominic Holland travelled with the BFF to Poland to entertain the Queen’s Dragoon Guards.

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Belle Voci perform for BFF

March 20, 2019

The brilliant Belle Voci, finalists of The Voice UK 2018, gave a stunning performance for the British Forces Foundation.

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Greece show for HMS Argyll

March 4, 2019

The BFF travelled to Greece to entertain the men and women of HMS Argyll.

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BFF welcome for HMS Dragon in Dubai

February 27, 2019

The Royal Navy’s Type 45 air defence destroyer, HMS Dragon, was met by the BFF when it visited Dubai.

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Family fun in February

February 26, 2019

The BFF Panto Bus hit the road again in February to entertain military families across the south.

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Katherine Jenkins to perform at BFF Ball

February 18, 2019

BFF Trustee Katherine Jenkins OBE will be performing at this year’s Summer Ball being held at The Berkeley in London.

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Panto fun for military families

December 23, 2018

British military families across eight countries were treated to some festive fun courtesy of the British Forces Foundation again this Christmas.

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Welcome home for Welsh Guards

December 12, 2018

The British Forces Foundation welcomed home the Welsh Guards in style after their much longer than expected 2018 tour in Afghanistan.

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