Deputy Director


Commodore Tom Guy, GBR-N
Deputy Dir., Combined Joint Operations from the Sea
Centre of Excellence (CJOS COE)
Norfolk, VA, USA

Tom Guy is fortunate to have served in a wide variety of ships, from patrol craft to aircraft carriers, as well as enjoying some varied and rewarding operational, staff and command roles ashore in the UK and abroad. Early appointments included Fishery Protection duties, the initial commission of the Type 23 Frigate HMS IRON DUKE and the role of Navigating Officer in the Hong Kong Squadron and the Type 22 Frigate HMS BATTLEAXE. As a Principal Warfare Officer (Underwater), he was Operations Officer of the Type 23 Frigate HMS MONTROSE and
then Group Warfare Officer in the Carrier HMS INVINCIBLE. He commanded the Minehunter HMS SHOREHAM, bringing her out of build and then commanded the Type 23 Frigate HMS NORTHUMBERLAND, bringing her out of refit as one of the most advanced ASW frigates in the world.

Shore appointments have included the Strategy area in the MOD, including 6 months in the Cabinet Office, and Director of the Royal Naval Division of the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He has held several Operational Staff appointments, including service in the Headquarters of the Multi National Force Iraq (Baghdad) in 2005. He was Chief of Staff to the UK’s Commander Amphibious Task Group, including managing the inception and running of the Response Force Task Group and its deployment on Op ELLAMY in 2011. Other operational tours have included the Balkans and the Gulf, both ashore and afloat. Latterly, he had the great privilege of serving as the Devonport Flotilla Captain Surface Ships, overseeing the transition to the role of Force Generation Authority, followed by the role of DACOS Force Generation in Navy Command Headquarters. In a welcome return to the front line he was the Deputy UK Maritime Component Commander in Bahrain, working alongside the US Fifth Fleet Headquarters 2016-17. He assumed the role of Deputy Director of the Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence in September 2017.