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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

Recent News

Having a ball with the BFF

July 22, 2019

Trustees and supporters of the British Forces Foundation got together at the Charity’s flagship fundraising event to have a ball – and make some money.

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Show for HMS Ambush

June 22, 2019

The ship’s company of HMS Ambush were treated to a British Forces Foundation show when they arrived in Bergen, Norway.

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Katherine Jenkins in BFC

June 10, 2019

The amazing Katherine Jenkins headlined a quality British Forces Foundation show for troops in Cyprus.

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HMS Duncan’s treat in Crete

June 4, 2019

HMS Duncan was welcomed with a top-notch show when she sailed in to Crete.

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BFF back in Afghanistan

May 27, 2019

The British Forces Foundation has just returned to Afghanistan to put on top quality morale-boosting shows for our troops.

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Show for HMS Montrose

May 14, 2019

HMS Montrose was the the latest Royal Navy ship to enjoy a morale-boosting show from The British Forces Foundation.

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London Marathon success

April 30, 2019

Let’s hear it for Team BFF – our brilliant band of runners who took on the 2019 Virgin London Marathon.

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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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