Vice Admiral Keith Blount 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. He joined the Royal Navy in 1984 as a helicopter pilot. Through a varied flying career, he qualified as an instructor and flew in the Royal Navy Helicopter Display Team. He has commanded three warships. He was the Iraqi Maritime Task Group Commander during Operation TELIC and, more recently, was the United Kingdom’s Maritime Component Commander, based in Bahrain, spanning Operations in Syria and Iraq. Between 2015 and 2019 he was the head of the Fleet Air Arm and the officer accountable for the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. He has previously been chief of staff to the EU Naval Force and Deputy Commander of the Combined Maritime Forces.