|Years of service||1985–|
|Commands held||HMS Trenchant|
Submarine Scheduler, Navy Command
Commander Submarine Sea Training
Head of Capability Strategy (MOD)
Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Capability) and Controller of the Navy
Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff, Capability and Force Design (2020-current)
Rear-Admiral Hugh Beard is a Royal Navy officer. He served as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Capability) and Controller of the Navy (2018-2020) and currently serves as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff, Capability and Force Design at the Ministry of Defence.
Hugh Beard joined the Royal Navy in 1987 as a Naval College Entrant and gained his initial sea experience in HM Ships Bristol, Peterel and Cornwall before volunteering for service in submarines. He gained operational experience in both SSNs (Tireless and Trenchant) and an SSBN (Victorious), as well as enjoying the unusual opportunity of surfacing at the North Pole in May 1991. Completing the Submarine Command Course, or 'Perisher', in 1999. In 1999 appointed second in command of the Trident missile submarine HMS Vengeance. Promoted to Commander in 2005 and made commanding officer of the nuclear fleet Submarine HMS Trenchant. He was next appointed Submarine Scheduler at Navy Command in 2008. In 2010 he appointed Commander Submarine Sea Training. He went on to be Captain of the Frigate HMS Westminster in 2012 In 2016 he promoted to the rank of Commodore and appointed Head of Capability Strategy at the Ministry of Defence. In 2018 he advanced to the rank Rear-Admiral and appointed Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Capability) and Controller of the Navy. In January 2020 he was succeeded in his former role by Rear-Admiral Andrew Burns, and is currently appointed Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Capability & Force Design) at the Ministry of Defence in London.
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