President of the Submariners Association
Rear Admiral Niall SR Kilgour CB
Rear Admiral Niall Kilgour joined the Royal Navy in 1968. He qualified as a submariner in 1972, subsequently serving in HMS ORPHEUS and twice in HMS REPULSE (Port) prior to the Submarine Command Course; he commanded the submarines HMS PORPOISE from 1980 to 1982 and HMS COURAGEOUS from 1986 to 1988. Early shore appointments include the Naval Staff Course at Greenwich, the staff of Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and Commander SM of the Third Submarine Squadron in Faslane. In 1990 he was appointed the Operations Officer for the Submarine Flotilla thus starting a subsequent career profile alternating between operational posts and further command at sea
From submarine operations and the direction of operational patrols in the final stages of the cold War, he served with COMNAVSOUTH in Naples with responsibility for the day to day NATO sanctions operations in the Adriatic at the start of the Bosnia Crisis. He returned to sea in 1994 as Captain of the Sixth Frigate Squadron and Commanding Officer of HMS NORFOLK and thence HMS MONTROSE. Back in the operational fold in 1996, he became the Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations) to the Commander-in-Chief Fleet and also dual hatted as Assistant Chief of Staff for Maritime Operations within the then newly formed Permanent Joint headquarters. In an exhilarating period of activity he was involved in a wide variety of operations worldwide. In 1998 he returned to sea again as Commander Amphibious Task Group/Commander United Kingdom/Netherlands Amphibious Group. Highlights included disaster relief operations in Central America post Hurricane Mitch (for which the Group was awarded the Wilkinson Sword of Peace), several major deployments and Component Command for UK operations in Sierra Leone. Admiral Kilgour was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for his command of maritime forces in Operation Palliser (Sierra Leone) in May/June 2000.
Promoted to Flag Rank in September 2001, Admiral Kilgour returned to the Fleet Headquarters at Northwood for the third time as Commander Operations for the Fleet, Flag Officer Submarines (subsequently Rear Admiral Submarines) and as the NATO Submarine Commander responsible for all submarine activity in the Eastern Atlantic and Northern waters. He was appointed Companion of the Bath in the 2004 New Years honours list.
On his retirement from the Royal Navy at the end of 2004, he secured the position of Secretary and Chief Executive of the Hurlingham Club in West London, commencing in mid-2005 and retiring finally in 2015. He is a Vice President of Navy boxing and former President of the London Flotilla.
Niall Kilgour is married with a home in Somerset and he and his wife Jane have three grown up children all vaguely on the straight and narrow! His principal interests include country activities, history, sport and enjoying life to the full.