Deputy Chief of Staff for Support
Rear Admiral (LH) Nihat BARAN joined the Turkish Naval Academy in 1991. He was commissioned as an ensign in 1995. His first assignment was Combat-Information-Center officer on board TCG SOKULLU MEHMET PASA for a year when he was then assigned as Executive Officer on board Coast Guard ship TCSG-23 deployed in Black Sea. He also served as a software programmer at Turkish Fleet Inventory Control Center in Golcuk.
In December 2000, he successfully graduated from US Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California with a Masters of Science degree in Operations Analysis. Between 2001 and 2003, he was appointed to Turkish Navy Headquarters and served as an analyst in the mobile team conducting on-site research for re-alignment of naval shore installations. RAdm. BARAN graduated from the Turkish Naval War College in 2005 following a challenging two-year professional military education.
RAdm. BARAN served as Navigator and Operations Officer on board Turkish Naval Academy training ship TCG CEZAYIRLI GAZI HASANPASA for a year in 2006 when his ship was also deployed to Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) as flagship for a quarter. Then he was assigned as desk officer to the armed forces manpower management project on the Turkish General Staff Headquarters, where he contributed in manning, promotion, and retirement subject areas between 2006 and 2008.
He was first assigned to NATO between 2008 and 2011 as the SHAPE Operation Active Endeavour Subject Matter Expert. During his deployment at SHAPE, RAdm. BARAN, together with fellow naval officers, were substantially involved in planning, execution and coordination of NATO maritime activities across a wide spectrum at strategic level.
His efforts and performance in the planning and execution of the Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR have been recognised by SACEUR and COS SHAPE.
In the following two years, he served as Executive Officer of TCG AKAR, a replenishment ship well known to the Standing NATO Maritime Groups. Later, he had the honour to command TCG AKAR in a highly active period from March 2014 to August 2016. During his command, TCG AKAR went through a comprehensive overhaul in Golcuk Naval Shipyard. He also had the privilege to conduct the 2.500th Replenishment At Sea of TCG AKAR, presumably one of the highest numbers achieved by an AOR in the Mediterranean.
He is currently assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff for Support at NATO Allied Maritime Command in Northwood, United Kingdom. He assumed these duties on 18 August 2016.
RAdm. BARAN is married to Mrs Hacer and they have a son Mehmet Berke and a daughter Necla Pelin.