The Irish Naval Service in the 21st Century
- 04 Apr 2016
‘The Irish Naval Service in the 21st Century’
Commander BW FitzGerald
Officer in Command, Planning, Policy & Enterprise
Irish Naval Service
Tues 5th April
Room Kane G18
Commander Brian FitzGerald joined the Naval Service in 1982. He was commissioned in 1984 and qualified as a bridge watchkeeper in 1986. His training included the International Sub Lieutenants Course with the RN at Dartmouth and the School of Maritime Operations at Portsmouth. He went on to Command L.E.CIARA from 2000 to 2002. He is currently the Officer in Charge of Planning, Policy & Enterprise at Naval Headquarters.
During his career to date he has operated a Chief Instructor and Second in Command of the Naval College throughout the planning, building and institutionalisation of the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI). He has served in Operations Command in Irelands Fisheries Monitoring Centre and also served at Defence Forces Headquarters (DFHQ) in the Strategic Planning Office (SPO). In 1999 he served as a Military Observer in the Western Sahara with the United Nations.
Commander Fitzgerald will discuss the role of the Irish Naval Service in the 21st century and the challenges of an increasingly complex security environment.