Commodore Steve Dainton
Deputy Commander, Combined Maritime Forces
Born in Liverpool and educated at Liverpool Blue Coat School, Commodore Steve Dainton joined the Royal Navy in 1987. His early career was largely spent at sea in a variety of ships, including Command of HMS Quorn (Hunt Class MCMV). After qualifying as a Principal Warfare Officer and conducting further seagoing and staff appointments, he graduated from the Advanced Command and Staff Course at JSCSC Shrivenham where he gained an MA in Defence Studies. After promotion to Commander in 2004, he was appointed as Commanding Officer of HMS St Albans (Type 23 Frigate) and, throughout his time in Command, the ship was involved in maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea, energy security patrols in the Northern Arabian Gulf and the evacuation of civilians from Beirut. Subsequently, he joined the Directorate of Operational Capability in the Ministry of Defence working in a small team responsible for identifying and reporting strategic capability risk to Defence Ministers and Chiefs of Staff. In 2009, he completed an operational tour as Staff Operations Officer to the UK Maritime Component Commander in Bahrain prior to joining the UK Maritime Battle Staff specifically employed in the Operational HQ in the EU Counter Piracy mission.
Promoted to Captain in 2010, he took Command of HMS CUMBERLAND (Type 22 Frigate) and deployed to the Gulf undertaking a variety of missions in the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Aden as well as being involved in the evacuation of civilians from Benghazi and subsequent operations off Libya, a period for which he was awarded a CBE. Returning to the Ministry of Defence in 2011, he was employed in Navy Resources and Plans where, as Captain Navy Plans, he was responsible for advising, influencing and determining the size, capability and structure of the current and future Royal Navy. In 2013, he was appointed in Command of HMS COLLINGWOOD, the Navy’s largest training establishment and was responsible for overseeing the delivery of individual training to the RN’s warfare and weapon engineering officers and ratings. On promotion to Commodore in 2015 he was assigned to the ACOS(Trg) role in FOST where he led the development of governance, strategy and policy for individual and collective training and education across the maritime training spectrum.
Commodore Dainton lives in Portsmouth with his wife, Cal, and his 2 sons – Joe (1996) and Sam (1997). His love of football and rugby is nowadays restricted to being a spectator but he remains an ardent supporter of his beloved Everton!