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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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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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Cave setting for HMS Albion show

November 27, 2018

St Martin’s Cave in Gibraltar was the atmospheric setting for a BFF morale-boosting show for the company of HMS Albion.

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BFF in Bahrain

November 18, 2018

The British Forces Foundation flew out to Bahrain to entertain the men and women of UKMCMFOR with a fantastic night of comedy and music.

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Iron Maiden legend at ‘Submarine Oscars’

October 8, 2018

Iron Maiden leader sign Bruce Dickinson was guest of honour at the ‘submarine Oscars’ sponsored by The British Forces Foundation.

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Raising a smile in Somalia

September 22, 2018

The BFF staged a top class night of comedy to spread a little joy among British troops deployed on TANGHAM.

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Team BFF saddle up

August 8, 2018

Congratulations to the 50 or so cyclists riding for Team BFF on conquering the 2018 Prudential Ride London 100 mile bike race.

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