Admiral George Zambellas DSC, Commander-in-Chief Fleet and Commander Allied Maritime Command Northwood, will consider what the lessons of Gallipoli can tell us about the future of maritime operations. In his lecture, he will assess how the maritime flank can best be exploited to support land forces in an increasingly complex battlespace.
Admiral George Zambellas DSC joined the Royal Navy in 1980 from the aerospace industry and qualified as a pilot in 1982. During a distinguished career spanning more than thirty years, he has occupied a number of top positions within the service, including commanding the Royal Navy's Amphibious Task Group in 2005, overseeing the introduction of two new amphibious classes of ships, and the Bowman radio and data system into amphibious operational use. In 2006, he was appointed as Chief of Staff (Transformation), leading the change programme to design and deliver the Fleet's new approach to the generation of maritime capability and support to operations. In 2007, he was Commander United Kingdom Maritime Force and, in October 2008, Chief of Staff (Operations) at the UK's Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood. On promotion to Vice Admiral in January 2011, he was appointed Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Chief of Staff to the Navy Command Headquarters and the Chief Naval Warfare Officer. He became Commander-in-Chief Fleet and Commander Allied Maritime Command Northwood in January 2012.
The Gallipoli Memorial Lecture was until 2001 held annually at Eltham Church in south-east London. Subsequently, the Gallipoli Memorial Lecture Trust requested that RUSI carry on the tradition of an annual lecture. Lectures have since been delivered on the great issues of present day defence and security.
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