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Commander United Kingdom Task Group (COMUKTG) / CTF IM

Commodore James Morse Royal Navy
Commodore James Morse Royal Navy

Commodore James Morse Royal Navy

James Morse joined the Royal Navy in 1982.  On completion of his initial training he read Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University, which culminated in the award of a BSc in 1985.  After University he navigated a Minesweeper and a Frigate, before taking command of Bristol University Royal Naval Unit and the Patrol Craft HMS Dasher in 1991.

After Principal Warfare Officer’s course in 1993, he joined the Type 23 Frigate HMS Monmouth as the Operations Officer.  Following this he attended the Specialist Navigating Officer’s course and was appointed as the Squadron Navigator of the Fourth Frigate Squadron.

Promoted Commander in 1997, he took command of HMS Sutherland, leading the Ship through training before deploying to the South Atlantic.  After this appointment he joined the Permanent Joint Headquarters in 1999 and then, following a short interlude in command of HMS Norfolk, he moved to be the Executive Officer HMS Illustrious in November 2001, taking part in operations in the Gulf.  Promoted to Captain in 2002, he held the post of Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord until November 2004, after which he undertook the Higher Command and Staff Course before returning to sea, taking command of HMS Chatham in August 2005 and deploying again to the South Atlantic in 2006.  Having completed the majority of the 2007 Royal College of Defence Studies course, including gaining an MA with Distinction in International Studies from King’s College London, he was promoted Commodore and served in the post of Director Force Development in the Ministry of Defence from September 2007.  He assumed Command of the United Kingdom Task Group in December 2008.  

James is married to Amanda and they have 2 daughters.  His interests are centred on family life, and include skiing and sailing.  He is a member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.