SIR JAMES PEROWNE KBE
Later he was placed in command of the Second Submarine Squadron consisting of ten nuclear powered fleet submarines
In 1996 he made it to the top of the submarine tree by being appointed as Flag Officer Submarines, the head of the submarine service.
Not satisfied with just submarines, he was also sent
to command two frigates, HMS Boxer 1986-88 - which included service
in the Gulf during the Iran/Iraq tanker war - and HMS Norfolk where
he was lucky enough to be the first Royal Navy ship in 22 years to visit
Cape Town in 1994 after the boycott due to apartheid was finally ended.
This command included command of the 6th Frigate Squadron numbering
up to ten ships.
This relationship with the Americans was reinforced when, as his final posting in the service, he was sent to Norfolk, Virginia, to be the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic in NATO - a job where he found it difficult to shave in the morning due to the permanent smile on his face! He was made a KBE during his appointment.
He continues his connections with the Services as President of The Submariners Association, as a trustee of The British Forces Foundation, and as President of the Royal Navy Benevolent Society to Officers and Association of Royal Navy Officers. He is also Chairman of the James Caird Society, promoting Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Married to Nicola, with four grown-up sons, he enjoys
golf, canal boating, and classic cars.