Award Recipients

Admiral Sir Johnathan Band GCBDL

Admiral Sir Johnathan Band GCB DL

Award Year: 2012

NMHS Distinguished Service Award

The NMHS Distinguished Service Award has been presented each year since 1993 to recognize individuals who, through their personal effort and creativity, have made outstanding contributions to the maritime field.

In 2012, Admiral Sir Johnathan Band GCB DL was awarded with the NMHS Distinguished Service Award.  We recognized his many accomplishments in the evening’s awards dinner journal:

Sir Johnathan Band is Chairman of Trustees of the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Prior to this post, Sir Jonathan served as First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff (2006-2009).

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is a recently organized structure that is home to the illustrious heritage of the four fighting services of the Royal Navy, together with the legendary HMS Victory. Museums included in the NMRN are HMS Victory (Portsmouth Historic Dockyard), National Museum of the Royal Navy (Portsmouth), Royal Marines Museum (Southsea) Fleet Air Arm Museum (Yeovilt on), and Royal Navy Submarine Museum (Gosport).

Sir Jonathon joined the Royal Navy in 1967, trained at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, and then underwent Fleet training in ships in the Far East. He then pursued an undergraduate degree at Exeter University. After his graduation, Sir Jonathon served as a junior officer aboard HMS Lewiston and HMS Rothesay, and served on exchange with the United States Navy in USS Belknap. Those tours of duty were followed by junior officer staff and warfare training, and two years as Principle Warfare Officer and Operations Officer in the frigate HMS Eskimo. Between 1981 and 1983 Sir Jonathon Band served as Flag Lieutenant to Commander-in-Chief Fleet, a period which included the Falklands Campaign. His commands in the Royal Navy included the minesweeper HMS Soberton in the Fishery Protection Squadron around the coast of the United Kingdom; the frigate HMS Phoebe, operating in the NATO area; and HMS Norfolk in the first Type 23 Frigate Squadron. His last sea command was the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, between 1995 and 1997, supporting United Nations, and then NATO operations in Bosnia.

Promoted to Rear Admiral in May 1997 and to Vice Admiral in 2000, Sir Jonathon became the Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet in May 2001. He was promoted to Admiral in August 2002 on becoming Commander-in-Chief Fleet and Commander Allied Maritime Component Command Northwood. This period in Command saw the Iraq Campaign, the major re-organization of the Fleet Command and subsequent changes in NATO. He was appointed First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff in February 2006, a position he held until July 2009, a time dominated by the Afghanistan campaign. After his retirement from the Royal Navy, Sir Jonathon took on directorship positions with Carnival Corporation /PLC, Lockheed Martin, Babcock International and MooD International.

A lifelong supporter of the study and better understanding of the history of the Royal Navy, Sir Jonathon has been a longtime friend of the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth and an advocate for the formation of the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN), officially established in 2009. He has been the chairman of the NMRN since July 2010. Sir Jonathon oversaw the successful campaign to save HMS Victory, the oldest navy ship in commission and the flagship of Admiral Lord Nelson. Earlier this year, the custodianship of HMS Victory was transferred to the NMRN, which now oversees the care and preservation of this unique vessel, as well as its interpretation to the public. The ship continues as a commissioned ship of the Royal Navy under her Commanding Officer and Ship’s Company. Under Sir Jonathon’s leadership, the institution secured Lottery Fund approval for the restoration of the submarine HMS Alliance and for the development of new galleries dedicated to the 20th and 21st centuries in the history of the Royal Navy. Sir Jonathon is also president of The 1805 Club, an organization conserving memorials to Georgian naval heroes. For his tireless advocacy in furthering institutions and projects preserving and promoting the history of the Royal Navy as well as maritime history, and his leadership in the newly formed National Museum of the Royal Navy, NMHS honoring Sir Jonathon Band with its Distinguished Service Award.

Categories: International, Museum Leadership, Ship Captain