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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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VE Day Concert with Katherine Jenkins

May 8, 2020

British Forces Foundation Trustee Katherine Jenkins OBE will be performing behind closed doors at the Royal Albert Hall for VE Day 75 Commemorations today boosting the morale of millions of people.

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VE Day Message

A VE Day message from British Forces Foundation CEO Mark Cann.

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Tribute to Paul Karslake

April 1, 2020

BFF supporter and renouned artist Paul Karslake has sadly died after contracting COVID-19.

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BFF family fun

March 16, 2020

Aladdin magicked up some February half-term fun for forces families courtesy of the BFF Panto Bus.

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On song for HMS Vengeance

February 17, 2020

BFF’s favourite dance band Fully Funktional travelled to Scotland to perform at the Ships Company Ball for HMS Vengeance.

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BFF Panto Bus

December 17, 2019

The BFF Panto Bus delivered a record number of shows to forces families this Christmas both at home and overseas.

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Show onboard aircraft carrier

December 7, 2019

The aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth hosted a special BFF show onboard as it returned from testing and exercise in the US.

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BFF in Bahrain for Royal Navy

November 26, 2019

The BFF has put on a morale-boosting show for the Ship’s Company of HMS Montrose who have been working tirelessly in the Gulf region.

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