Rear Admiral Hank ORT RNLN
Chief of Staff
Allied Maritime Command Northwood
Admiral Hank Ort (1957) took up the post of Chief of Staff to the Allied
Maritime Component Command Northwood in August 2009.
Prior to his appointment he had been the Netherlands Ministry of Defence
Chief Information Office (CIO) since January 2007. In this position he
was responsible for Defence Policy on information management and
Before that he commanded the Netherlands Maritime Force (NLMARFOR) from
its inception in 2005 after having played a central role in its creation
as Commander Belgian Netherlands Task Group (the precursor to NLMARFOR)
in 2004. In early 2006 as COMNLMARFOR, he commanded the International
Combined Task Force 150 in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean as part of
Operation Enduring Freedom.
From 2002 to 2004, he commanded the Landing Platform Dock (LPD) HNLMS
Rotterdam. During this period, the ship deployed as the amphibious
support platform for the initial deployment of the United Nations
Mission to Liberia (UNMIL). Prior to that, in 2000, he was attached to
the European Union to participate in setting up the EU Military Staff in
Brussels, where he went on to fill the post of Chief Executive Officer.
Earlier periods in the Naval staff in The Hague included appointments as
Deputy Director Plans, and as Staff Officer Submarines in the Department
of Operational requirements.
Having joined the Navy in 1975 he served both in submarines and surface
ships. He commanded multi purpose frigate HNLMS Van Nes (1996 – 97) and
the submarines HNLMS Tonijn and HNLMS Tijgerhaai (1990 – 92).
He is a graduate of the RN Submarine Command Course in 1989 (SMCC 3/89)
and the long Naval Staff Course of 1992. He is married to Karin and they
have one daughter.
Apart from activities with his family, his favourite pastimes are
jogging, reading, and enjoying classical music. He is a committee member
for the Simon Vestdijk Literary Society, and Editor of the