REAR ADMIRAL GUY ROBINSON, OBE
Guy Robinson joined the Royal Navy in 1986 as a warfare officer. His seagoing career has been primarily spent in frigates and destroyers, serving as a bridge watchkeeping officer, navigator and then Principal Warfare Officer. He has been fortunate to command three warships: the patrol vessel HMS GUERNSEY, the Type 42 Destroyer HMS EDINBURGH and the Type 45 Destroyer HMS DARING. He has been engaged on operations in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and the Gulf. In 2003, he commanded EDINBURGH during the combat phase of the 2nd Gulf War and was subsequently awarded a Mention-in-Despatches. In 2008 he operated from the Iraqi Khawr al Amaya Oil Terminal as Commander Task Group 158.1, running operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf. In 2012, he took DARING on the first operational deployment of a Type 45 to the Middle East and was subsequently awarded an OBE in recognition of his work. In his most recent command (2015) he was the Deputy Commander of United Kingdom Maritime Forces, the Royal Navy’s high readiness battle staff. During that assignment he assumed duties as Commander of Combined Task Force 150, the counter-terrorism task force operating in the Indian Ocean.
During assignments ashore, Rear Admiral Robinson has served in the UK’s Ministry of Defence, working as the programmer for the Directorate of Equipment Capability (Above Water Effects). He also served on the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training staff as Commander Sea Training where he was responsible for the training of all Royal Naval major warships, from frigates to aircraft carriers, as well as a multitude of ships from both NATO and non-NATO navies. As a captain he served in the MOD’s Development, Concepts & Doctrine Centre (DCDC) where he was responsible for generating maritime concepts and high-level doctrine. His most recent shore assignment (2013) has been in Navy Command Headquarters as the Assistant Chief of Staff (Warfare), where he was responsible for the development of the Fleet’s warfighting capability.
When in the UK, Rear Admiral Robinson lives in Hampshire with his wife, a captain in the navy, and their two teenage children. He is a graduate of the UK Higher Command and Staff Course (2013), the US Coalition Force Maritime Component Commanders’ Course (2015), the Royal College of Defence Studies (2017) and is an alumnus of the Windsor Leadership Trust. He holds a master’s degree in defence studies from King’s College London.