Neil Morisetti

Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, CB is a retired Royal Navy officer who is an Honorary Professor and Director of Strategy at University College London's Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy Department.

Neil Morisetti
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1976–2013
RankRear Admiral
Commands heldJoint Services Command and Staff College
Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces
HMS Invincible
5th Destroyer Squadron
HMS Cardiff
HMS Cygnet
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath

Morisetti was educated at the City of London School, and subsequently joined the Royal Navy in 1976. After initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, he held shore postings and attended the University of East Anglia and graduated with a Bachelor of Science. In 1986 he was appointed commanding officer of the patrol boat HMS Cygnet of the Northern Ireland Squadron.[1]

Morisetti was later Principal Warfare Officer of the frigate Cumberland, and in 1991 joined the Naval Secretary's Department as an officers' appointer in 1991. From 1993 to 1994 he was commanding officer of the destroyer Cardiff.[1]

After attending the Joint Service Defence College, Morisetti joined the Directorate of Navy Plans and Programmes in 1995.[1] He was then Chief Staff Officer for Plans and Programmes to Flag Officer Surface Flotilla, before returning to command Cardiff as Captain 5th Destroyer Squadron in 1999.

Morisetti returned to the Ministry of Defence as Deputy Director of Resources and Plans, and was then appointed Director TOPMAST, the project developing a new Royal Navy manpower system, as a commodore.[1]

After attending the Higher Command and Staff Course in 2004, Morisetti took command of the aircraft carrier Invincible.[1] Invincible acted as the flagship during the Trafalgar 200 naval review off Portsmouth in June 2005, before being paid off the following month. In November 2005 he was promoted to rear admiral and appointed Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces (COMUKMARFOR), also serving as NATO High Readiness Force Maritime Commander.[1] In July 2007 he was appointed Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College.[1] Morisetti was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2009 Birthday Honours,[2] and the following November became the United Kingdom's Climate and Energy Security Envoy.[3] In January 2013 he was appointed as the Foreign Secretary's interim Special Representative for Climate Change, a position he held for ten months.[4]

Post-navy career

Following his retirement from the Royal Navy, Morisetti was appointed an Honorary Professor and Director of Strategy at University College London's Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy Department in January 2014.[5]

Morisetti is a Freeman of the City of London.

Footnotes

Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Style
Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces
2005–2007
Succeeded by
George Zambellas
Preceded by
Nigel Maddox
Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Graham Binns
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