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Commodore Edward Ahlgren OBE RN

Deputy Commander, Combined Maritime Forces

Commodore Ed Ahlgren, RN

Deputy Commander, Combined Maritime Forces

Commodore Edward Ahlgren was born in Manchester in 1971 and educated at Rossall School, Fleetwood before entering Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth as a Midshipman in 1990.

Following initial submarine training, he joined HMS UNICORN, the Royal Navy’s last diesel-electric submarine for two years swiftly followed by Navigator’s course and appointment to HMS RENOWN and thereafter, HMS REPULSE as the Communications Officer.  He participated in three deterrent patrols, which included the final Polaris deterrent patrol, and the subsequent decommissioning of the last Resolution class submarine.

Submarine Advanced Warfare Course soon followed in 1997 whereupon he served in HMS TURBULENT and HMS TRIUMPH as the Operations Officer.  During this time, he was also proud to command HMS EXPLORER, a P2000 Patrol Boat and the Yorkshire Universities Royal Naval Unit based in Hull in 2000.  

In 2002, Commodore Ahlgren successfully completed the Submarine Command Course (Perisher) that resulted in his appointment as Executive Officer of HMS TRENCHANT for three years prior to his service on the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training as the Staff Warfare Officer (Operations/Navigation).  Promoted Commander in May 2007, he commanded HMS TIRELESS for 2 years that included a diverse and busy 6 month operational tour in the role of Staff Operations Officer to the Maritime Component in Bahrain.  On return to the UK, he assumed command of HMS TORBAY in June 2009 deploying East of Suez and spending over 250 days at sea in his final year of command.  This period also marked his service in 6 of the 7 Trafalgar class submarines he had the privilege to deploy on.

Thereafter, he was assigned to the Ministry of Defence in Nuclear Capabilities followed by an appointment to the Maritime Battlestaff as Operations Officer in 2013, which included a very successful CTF 150 Counter Terrorist deployment to Bahrain in 2014.  Promoted Captain in 2015, he 
served as the Defence Attache in Cairo, Egypt followed by a return to the SM Service in the role of Captain Faslane Flotilla, which completed in May 2019.  Selected for command of a combined UK-French CTF 150 staff, he deployed to Bahrain for the third time in August 2019 to lead the CMF counter terrorist Combined Task Force 150 who were successful in seizing narcotics to the value of £2.5M in their 4 month tenure. Promoted to Commodore in January 2020, he served as Deputy Commander Operations in the Maritime Operations Centre in Northwood and assumed his current role of UK Maritime Component Commander/Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces in February 2021.
Commodore Ahlgren is an alumnus of the Advanced Command and Staff Course (MA in Defence Studies, King’s College London), the UK/US Rising Leaders’ programme and is also a graduate of the Higher Command and Staff Course.  

He is married to Becky and their home is in North Yorkshire which they share with their son Harry (7), and two daughters, Grace (6) and Phoebe (3).  His interests include diving, horse riding, sailing and furthering his burgeoning Arabic lingual skills.