Rear Admiral Ian Corder
Admiral Ian Corder assumed the responsibilities of Commander
(Operations) to the Commander-in-Chief Fleet (CINCFLEET) on 8 March
2011. He has three broad
areas of responsibility: exercising operational command (on behalf of
CINCFLEET) of all operational Fleet units worldwide, except those
assigned to Joint Operations; Rear Admiral Submarines and professional
head of the submarine service;
NATO Commander Submarine Forces (COMSUBNATO) .
Educated at Rugby School and Peterhouse, Cambridge
(MA Pure mathematics), he joined the Royal Navy in 1978, volunteered for
submarines and spent his early career in the SSN force as an operations
and navigation specialist. His command appointments have included
serving as Executive Officer of HMS SCEPTRE (SSN) and as the Commanding
Officer of HMS ORACLE (SSK), HMS SPLENDID (SSN(TLAM)), and the frigate
HMS CUMBERLAND. In the
latter he participated in both operation ENDURING FREEDOM and maritime
in the immediate lead up to the second Gulf conflict.
His early staff tours have included a desk officer
assignment to the Naval Staff, responsible for SSBN operational policy
and, as a Captain, a tour as the Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord
and a second tour as a Deputy Director in central staff directorate
responsible for MOD policy regarding NATO, the EU, and the UN.
As a Commodore, he has served for 18 months as the Chief of the
Strategic Systems Executive and two years as Director of Naval Personnel
Strategy/Director Project FISHER (the RN’s future flexible manning
project). As the former he
was responsible for the delivery of the UK’s
independent nuclear deterrent and as the UK project officer for the UK.US
Polaris Sales agreement. As
the latter, he had responsibility for formulation of HR policy for the
whole Naval Service.
Rear Admiral Corder’s final operational appointment
before assuming his current responsibilities was as 2* Deputy Commander
Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (SFN) and Commander SFN Maritime
Forces during which inter alia he has served as the
Maritime Component Commander for the NATO Response Force.
He is married to Kathryn, home is in south Hertfordshire, and they have
two grown up sons, Andrew and Alexander.
Andrew is a management consultant and Alexander an Army Officer.