Fleet Sir Julian

Profileof our Past PresidentAdmiral of the Fleet Sir Julian OSWALD GCB




Sir Julian was born at Selkirk, Scotland in 1933.

He attended Beaudesert Park Prep School, from there he entered Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in 1947.

His career was as follows.




Served on HM Ships,Devonshire,Vanguard,Verulam,Theseus,Newfoundland and Jewel In the following Ranks, Cadet, Midshipman, Sub Lieutenant, Lieutenant.
He then specialised in Gunnery and Air Weapons in 1960 Lieutenant
Sea service again in HM Ships Victorious and Yarnton (Commanding Officer) Lieutenant
Now back on dry land Naval Staff Course 1964 Lieutenant Commander
Sea/Shore HMS Excellent(Air Weapons),HMS Naiad(First Lieutenant) and MoD Navy(Naval Plans) Lieutenant Commander and Commander
Seaborne again HMS Bacchante ( Commanding Officer ) Commander
Shoreside MoD ( Defence Policy Staff ) Commander and Captain
Royal College of Defence Studies 1976 Captain
Seaborne HMS Newcastle ( Commanding Officer ) Captain
Shoreside Royal Naval Presentation Team Captain
Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth( Commanding Officer ) Captain
Assistant Chief of Defence Staff ( Programmes ) and Assistant Chief of Defence Staff ( Policy and Nuclear ) Rear Admiral 1982
Sea again Flag Officer Third Flotilla and Commander ASW Striking Force 1985 – 87 Vice Admiral
Commander in Chief Fleet, Channel and Eastern Atlantic 1987 – 89 Admiral
First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff 1989 – 1993 Admiral
Admiral of the Fleet 1993

Sir Julian left the Royal Navy in 1993 after a career spanning forty six years, culminating in four years as the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff.

He is now a Director of:

SEMA Group Plc – Systems Integration, Facilities Management, Telecommunications. (Chairman)

Aerosystems International – Airborne Software (Chairman)

James Fisher and Sons Plc – Shipping Specialists

Marine & General Mutual – Life Assurance

Informatic – Information Technology

CORDA – Operational Analysis

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, President of the Sea Cadet Association, the Officers Association and of the Association of Royal Naval Officers, Chairman of the Maritime Trust, a Vice President of the World Ship Trust and of the Royal United Service Institute for Defence Studies and serves on the Committees of the White Ensign Association and the Officers Pension Society. He is Chairman of the Ends of the Earth Club and of the Naval Review and a member of the Advisory Council of the Association of Masters of Business Administration. He is a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum, Chairman of the National Historic Ships Committee, a Liveryman and an Assistant to the Court of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and a Stowaway of the Southampton Master Mariners. Nearer home he is a Governor of the Portsmouth University and a Patron of the Rowans ( Portsmouth Area Hospice ).

He particularly enjoys gliding, tennis and fishing.