Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant
Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant was born in 1961 and joined the Royal Navy in 1979. During his service at sea he has had naval appointments in both submarines and surface ships and commanded the nuclear powered submarine HMS TALENT from 1997-99 and the Ice Patrol Ship HMS ENDURANCE 2007-08. He has a variety of operational experience from the Falklands Conflict in 1982 on board the destroyer HMS ANTRIM, numerous submarine patrols, two seasons in the Antarctic and periods of defence diplomacy off West Africa.
Ashore he has trained Junior Officers and been on the staff of Commander Submarine Force US Atlantic Fleet. More recently he has focused on the higher management of Defence developing Security Policy and Strategy and creating effective International and Political relationships. After a tour as the Commodore Naval Staff, supporting the First Sea Lord in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, which involved developing the strategy for the future of the Royal Navy, he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in London.
For the latter half of 2012 he was Commander of Combined Task Force 150, responsible for a multi-national maritime security operation extending from the Red Sea to the Gulf of Oman.
On promotion to Rear Admiral in January 2013 he assumed the role of Operation Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia and Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces.
Bob is married to Tracy and they have two children. Beyond professional duties, he focuses on his family.
Operation Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia
The Operation Commander commands the operation from the Operational Headquarters (OHQ) at Northwood, United Kingdom. There he plans and conducts the operation in conjunction with the political and military authorities of the European Union.
Rear Admiral Jean Martens
Rear Admiral Jean Martens was born in 1961 and joined the German Navy in 1980. He studied economics and management at the University of Bundeswehr and received his Diploma (Master) in 1984. He attended the National Command and Admiral Staff Course 1994-96.
During his service at sea he has had several naval appointments in the Fast Patrol Boat Flotilla. He commanded the Fast Patrol Boats S49 WOLF and S47 JAGUAR from 1990-92 and the 2nd Fast Patrol Boat Squadron from 2001-03.
For the first half of 2002 he was Commander Fast Patrol Boat Contingent of Combined Task Force 150 for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, responsible for a squadron within a maritime security operation based on Djibouti and extending into the Bab-el-Mandeb Straits.
He gained further operational experience from his appointments as Branch Head M3 “Operations” of the German Fleet Command 2006-08 and as Division Head J7 “Training & Exercise” of the Response Forces Operations Command 2008-10.
His second field of competence focuses on personnel and human resource management. As a personnel officer in the Personnel Department of the German MOD he was responsible for the career development of Junior Officers. His later duties as a desk officer in the Armed Forces Staff within the MOD included the manning of higher joint posts of the German forces.
Between 2003 and 2006 he was assigned to the Naval Office as Division Head A1 “Personnel and Manpower”. His responsibilities included the personnel management of almost 7,000 naval personnel who served in this command area.
Rejoining the MOD in 2010 as the Branch Head Navy in the Personnel Department his primary focus was on the career development of all naval officers in the rank of Captain and above.
On 17th April 2013 he assumed command of the German Flotilla 1 in Kiel and was assigned as Director of the Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters.
Jean is married to Inken and has three children. When time permits, his interests include Modern History and Steam Railways.
Deputy Operation Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia
The Deputy Operation Commander (DCom) exercises command in absence of the Operation Commander.
Commodore Peter Lenselink
Commodore Peter William Lenselink was born in 1958 in Vught (NL). During his schooldays he lived in Germany ( 1967 – 1970) and in Surinam (1971- 1974). In 1976 he joined the Royal Netherlands Naval College as Midshipman. He was commissioned as Naval Officer in 1979. Between 1979 and 1983 he served as watchkeeping and flightdeck officer on HNLMS Van Speijk and HNLMS Bloys van Treslong.
On completion of the maritime warfare course in 1984 he served as warfare officer/ASW specialist on board frigates. In 1988 he joined the Operational School as instructor Anti Submarine Warfare. In 1989 he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and became Head of the Operational Trainer Department. He returned to the fleet again in 1991 as Operations Officer of HNLMS Bloys van Treslong. During this period he served for the fourth time in NATO’s Standing Naval Force Atlantic. After this tour he was selected for the long staff course at Defence Staff College ‘Ypenberg’.
After graduation in December 1993 he was appointed Flag Lieutenant to the Commander-in- Chief Royal Netherlands Navy, followed by a tour as Staff Officer Operations in the Belgian –Netherlands Destroyer Squadron. He assumed command of the frigate HNLMS Philips van Almonde in 1997. During this tour the ship was deployed for 6 months as West Indian Guard Ship.
In November 1998 he was appointed Chief of Staff of the Belgian Netherlands Task Group. February 2000 he joined the Naval Staff at The Hague as Deputy Director International Plans and Policy/ Foreign Liaison Officer.
In April 2002, promoted to Captain, he was appointed Executive Assistant to the Commander-in- Chief Royal Netherlands Navy. December 2004 he returned to the fleet to take command of the Sea Training Command.
On 10 June 2007 he was promoted to Commodore. He took over command as Flag Officer Netherlands Forces in the Caribbean (FONLFORCARIB) on 28 June 2007. In that capacity he was also Director of the Coast Guard for the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba (DCGNA&A) and Commander Task Group 4.4. (CTG 4.4). In July 2010 he became Commander Netherlands Maritime Force (COMNLMARFOR).
Commodore Lenselink and his wife Anne Mieke live with their children Tim (1996) and Julia (1998) in Voorschoten, The Netherlands. He is interested in international affairs, architecture and sports (tennis, running and swimming).
Force Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia
The Force Commander exercises command and control of all military forces in the Area of Operation. He is responsible for the planning, orchestration and execution of military activities.