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Rear Admiral Amjad Hussain

Rear Admiral Amjad Hussain
Rear Admiral Amjad Hussain

Rear Admiral Amjad Hussain was appointed as Director (Precision Attack) and Controller of the Navy on 17 March 2009.  He joined the Royal Navy in 1976 in his first term at Durham University.  He has sought variety in his subsequent career. Sea jobs have ranged from inspecting fishing catches in the North Sea to being the Weapon Engineer Officer of an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, from the demands of seeing a tired ship through her last commission to those of getting a brand new first of class vessel ready for operations.  Postings ashore have included: training junior officers; the procurement of one missile system that was later cancelled and the sea trials of another one that remains in service; and, in Whitehall, a strategy and finance post focussed on reducing the cost of naval support at the end of the cold war.

As a Captain, he set up and led the first MoD Integrated Project Team that undertook activities across the whole equipment life cycle, with its business split equally between the Defence Logistics Organisation and Defence Procurement Agency.  He then joined the Equipment Capability Customer organisation at its inception in another strategy and finance role, but this time looking across the service boundaries.

He was the Naval Base Commander Portsmouth for 31/2 years from mid 2002, a job akin to running a town, 2 ports and a major industrial complex.  His time there spanned: logistic support for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan; a novel partnering initiative with industry; Operational Command of the 1300 Royal Naval fire-fighters providing emergency strike cover in London and the South; and the celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

He took up the appointment of Director General Logistics (Fleet) in September 2006, a post that included membership of the Main Board of the Royal Navy and in which he had responsibility for the naval bases and all the support needed to keep the Fleet at sea.  The creation of DE&S in April 2007 saw him becoming the first DG Weapons, a post that spans the procurement and support of weapons equipment and ammunition for all 3 Services.  He has also completed an engineering MSc and the London Business School Sloan Fellowship Masters programme.  He and his wife, Wendy, have aligned their predominantly outdoor sporting interests with the demands of an active, young family that enjoys activities ranging from equestrian to alpine…so the golf clubs continue to gather dust.