Clive CC Johnstone is the Commander of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command. He is NATO’s principal maritime adviser and has operational Command of NATO’s Standing Naval Forces.
A graduate of Shrewsbury School, Durham University and Britannia Royal Naval College, Vice Admiral Johnstone has deployed to most points of the compass with the Royal Navy and has served as Navigator, Fighter Controller and Principal Warfare Officer in ships ranging from Minesweepers to Aircraft Carriers. He has been engaged on operations in the North Atlantic, Caribbean, the Gulf and Indian Ocean, the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. He also served in HM Yacht BRITANNIA during an appointment that culminated in the handover of Hong Kong.
At sea he has commanded HMS IRON DUKE (a Type 23 Frigate) and HMS BULWARK (an amphibious assault ship and the Royal Navy’s Amphibious Flagship), undertaking operations in the Northern Gulf, Horn of Africa and off Lebanon. He was awarded a CBE for an extended Gulf Deployment and the evacuation of British Nationals out of Beirut.
Ashore, he has worked in procurement, resources and operational planning. In more senior positions he has had roles in personnel strategy and leadership of the Naval Staff (in London). In 2008 he was selected to be Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup and then latterly General Sir David Richards. Promoted Rear Admiral in July 2011, Clive Johnstone served as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Training) and Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) through to April 2013. He became Assistant Chief of Naval Staff in May 2013 prior to assuming Command of NATO Allied Maritime Command in October 2015. A defining theme in Flag rank has been the projection of a considered maritime voice in the National and NATO defence and security debate, linking across boundaries with partners of all forms, friends and allies.
Admiral Johnstone is a graduate of the Higher Command and Staff Course and Royal College of Defence Studies. He is a Younger Brother of Trinity House and a member of the Royal Naval Club of Argyll. He is President of the Royal Navy Football Association and of Royal Navy Boxing and is passionate about mentoring and championing talent and diversity.
He and his wife Alison (a professional opera singer) with their two daughters escape whenever they can to their beloved cottage in Scotland, where ‘Argyll time’ creates more space to enjoy the family, boats, fishing and a chance to read.