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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.

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BFF Ball success

July 26, 2018

Guests at the 2018 BFF Summer Ball – sponsored by Seven Investment Management – raised more than £30,000 for the charity’s morale-boosting work.

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Morale boost for troops on Op CABRIT

April 12, 2018

More than 600 British troops currently deployed on Op CABRIT in Estonia and Poland have just been treated to morale-boosting shows courtesy of The British Forces Foundation.

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Entertaining troops in the Middle East

March 25, 2018

The British Forces Foundation has just returned from the Middle East having entertained hundreds of troops with morale-boosting comedy shows.

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BFF Panto Bus success

March 6, 2018

The British Forces Foundation Panto Bus has enjoyed another hugely successful February half-term tour.

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BFF helps stage ‘Submarine Oscars’

November 13, 2017

The British Forces Foundation helped HM Naval Base Clyde roll out the red carpet recently for their first ever “Submarine Oscars”.

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Scrapper’s Cup invitation

August 15, 2017

Rugby League fans are in for a real treat this Saturday with the annual Scrapper’s Cup hosted by Sherburn Bears ARLFC.

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Prudential Ride London 100

August 1, 2017

Congratulations to Team BFF on conquering the 2017 Prudential Ride London 100 mile bike race.

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BFF Ball at Claridge’s

July 23, 2017

The 2017 British Forces Foundation Ball sponsored by Seven Investment Management was held at Claridge’s in London.

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