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Vice Admiral Charles Anthony Johnstone-Burt, CB, OBE, MA


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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Vice Admiral Charles Anthony Johnstone-Burt, CB, OBE, MA

Vice Admiral Charles Anthony Johnstone-Burt is a Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom and a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. He was educated at Wellington College and Van Mildert College at Durham University, where he where he took Joint Honours in Psychology and Anthropology in 1980. He attended the U.S. Naval War College, where courses are affiliated with Salve Regina University, taking an MA in International Relations from 1996 to 1997.He also attended the Higher Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in 2000.

Vice Admiral Johnstone-Burt has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and in November 2011 he was promoted to Vice Admiral and became Chief of Staff to NATO’s Supreme Allied Command Transformation at Norfolk, Virginia, USA in November 2011. He joined the Royal Navy as a Midshipman in 1977 and his first ship was the Type 21 Frigate HMS ACTIVE in which he served during the Falklands War. He sub-specialised in aviation as a pilot flying Gazelles, Sea Kings and Lynx helicopters from carriers, frigates and destroyers before specialising further as a Principal Warfare Officer in Anti-Submarine Warfare.

In addition to staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence, his operational commands at sea include: the Type 22 Frigate HMS BRAVE, conducting counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean for JIATF South, Key West; HMS MONTROSE, as the Captain of the Sixth Frigate Squadron comprising eight Type 23 Frigates and conducting operations in support of the UK and UN forces in Sierra Leone; and commanding the Amphibious Helicopter Carrier HMS OCEAN.

Vice Admiral Johnstone-Burt has served in command appointments continuously since 2000. As a One Star, he commanded Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and later became the Deputy Commander of the Joint Helicopter Command. Promoted to Two Star in 2006, he became Flag Officer Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Flag Officer Reserves. He then returned to command the Joint Helicopter Command and was responsible for 16 Air Assault Brigade’s two deployments as the Task Force Helmand in 2008 and 2010/11, and all UK helicopter support to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, including support to UK SOF. During this time he conducted a Review of Jointery on behalf of the UK’s Strategic Defence Review, in which he recommended the formation of a UK Joint Forces Command. He also completed an operational tour in Afghanistan as COMISAF’s Director of Counter Narcotics and International Organised Crime.

Vice Admiral Johnstone-Burt’s decorations and honours include:

  • Companion, Military Division, The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (United Kingdom)
  • Officer, The Order of the British Empire (United Kingdom)
  • Distinguished Fellow, New Westminster College (Canada)

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Vice Admiral Charles Anthony Johnstone-Burt is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.


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