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Brigadier D A Capewell OBE Royal Marines
Brigadier D A Capewell OBE Royal Marines

Brigadier D A Capewell OBE

David Capewell joined the Royal Marines in 1979 via a RMR Short Service Commission.  Ten years of regimental duty followed, which included three Op Banner deployments and a tour with BMATT Zimbabwe.  He attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in 1991.

On promotion to Lt Col in 1994 he was appointed to the British Military Advisory and Training Team South Africa as a Military Advisor to the transitional Mandela government.  Thereafter he served as the Amphibious Doctrine sponsor at the Maritime Warfare Centre and subsequently as the Assistant Director Doctrine, which included authorship of the “UK Approach to Amphibious Operations”.  After a year commanding Sp Coy in 42 Commando RM, he returned as Chief of Staff, Headquarters 3 Commando Brigade, (1998 to 2000), which included deployment on Operation Ladbrook (Congo) as Chief of Staff to the Joint Force Commander.  Thereafter he assumed command of 40 Commando RM in March 2000.  His tour in command included operations in West Belfast, Spearhead duties and Operation Oracle/Veritas (OEF) for which he was awarded the OBE.

Appointed as Chief of Staff, UK Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) in January 2002 he was deployed as the Chief of Operations and Intelligence to the UK National Contingent Commander for Operation TELIC (OIF).  Returning to the UK he then led JFHQ planning for Operation CORAL (Congo) and was the UK National Contingent Commander for Exercise Rapid Alliance (US CJTF 7 – Blinding Storm).  He attended the Higher Command and Staff Course (HCSC) in January 2004 and was promoted Brigadier in September 2004.  Thereafter he was appointed to the Pentagon as the Chief of Defence Staff’s Liaison Officer to the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

He assumed duty as ACOS J3 in the PJHQ in May 2005, running national operations for two frenetic years.  He assumed command of the Brigade in June 2007. He is married to Deborah and has two teenage daughters.