Patron & Vice-Patron Submariners Association

Patron & Vice-Patron

Submariners Association

Patron & Vice-Patron Submariners Association

Patron of the Submariners Association

Admiral of the Fleet, Lord Boyce K.G. G.C.B. O.B.E. D.L.

Admiral of the Fleet, the Lord Boyce joined the Royal Navy in 1961. After completion of basic training he qualified as a Submariner in 1965 and in the next 7 years he served in HM Submarines ANCHORITE, VALIANT and CONQUEROR, also qualifying in this time as a Torpedo and Anti-Submarine specialist. He then completed the Submarine Commanding Officer's Qualifying Course in 1973 and subsequently commanded HM Submarines OBERON and OPOSSUM before serving as Staff Warfare Officer to Captain (SM) Submarine Sea Training.

After promotion to Commander in 1976 he attended the Roya1 Naval Staff Course from where he joined Flag Officer Submarines Staff as a Staff Warfare Officer. He then commanded HM Submarine SUPERB after which he spent just under a year in the Ministry of Defence (Directorate of Naval Plans) where he was promoted to Captain in 1982. This was followed by command of HMS BRILLIANT and then appointment as Captain (SM) Submarine Sea Training.

In 1986 he returned to the Ministry of Defence and the Directorate of Navy Plans and Programmes as Assistant Director (Warfare) and in 1988 he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies. He then served as Senior Naval Officer Middle East and Commander Task Group 321.1 in the rank of Commodore before becoming Director of Naval Staff Duties (DNSD) from August 1989 to 10 June 1991. From DNSD he was promoted to Rear Admiral and in July took up the duties of Flag Officer Sea Training and Naval Base Commander Portland. In November 1992 he assumed the duties of Flag Officer Surface Flotilla which included the NATO appointment of Commander Anti-Submarine Warfare Striking Force. He was promoted to Vice Admiral in February 1994 and was knighted in the 1995 New Years Honours List. Promoted to Admiral in May 1995 he simultaneous1y took up the appointment of Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief Nava1 Home Command.

In September 1997 Admiral Boyce became Commander-in-Chief Fleet with the accompanying NATO position of Commander-in-Chief Eastern Atlantic and Commander Allied Naval Forces North Western Europe. He was then appointed First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, and First and Principal Naval ADC, in October 1998, serving as the professional head of the Royal Navy until January 2001. He was appointed GCB in June 1999. He became Chief of Defence Staff and professional head of the Armed Forces in February 2001 and relinquished this appointment in May 2003; and he subsequently retired from the Royal Navy after 42 years service. He is currently on the Boards of WS Atkins plc and VT Group plc; and an Advisor to Computer Sciences Corporation and TRICOLOM Ltd. Admiral Boyce was elevated to the peerage in June 2003; and was appointed Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle in July 2004. He was made a Knight of St John in December 2002, and Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in December 2003; and he became the first Colonel Commandant of the Special Boat Service in November 2003.

He is also involved in a number of pro-bono/charity activities including being President, Officers Association; President, St John's Ambulance (London District); President, RN Submarine Museum; Council Member, RNLI; Council Member, White Ensign Association; Trustee, National Maritime Museum; Vice President, Forces Pension Society; Patron, Sail4Cancer; Patron, Trafalgar Woods. Commander, Legion of Merit (US) 1999 (Bronze Oak Leaf, 2003). Board of Directors, Naval & Military Club (2003); Freeman, City of London, 1999; Elder Brother, Trinity House; DL Greater London, 2003. Honorary doctorate, Portsmouth University 2005. He was made Knight of the Garter in 2011.

Vice - Patron of the Submariners Association

Admiral Sir James Perowne K.B.E.

Admiral Perowne retired from the Royal Navy in 2002 after a 37 year career. He specialised in Submarines and commanded the diesel submarine, Opportune, and the nuclear powered SSN, Superb. He also commanded the Second Submarine Squadron and became the head of the submarine service as Flag Officer Submarines in 1996.
He also commanded the frigates Boxer and Norfolk as well as the Sixth Frigate Squadron. His last job in the Royal Navy was Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic based in Norfolk Virginia.

Since leaving the service, he has worked in the Water Industry and is a Non-Executive Director of South Staffs Water Company. He was also a Panellist for the General Medical Council and the Judicial Review Board. In August 2014, he was appointed as The Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle. He is involved in a number of Charites and Naval Associations.

He is married to Nicola and has four married sons and nine grandchildren.

About our Association

The Submariners Association is an Association of ex and serving Submariners which seeks to maintain the special bonds of friendship, loyalty and comradeship, together with a pride in the Submarine Service, formed during service in Her Majesty's Submarines.

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