Commodore Dean Bassett
Deputy Commander, Combined Maritime Forces
Commodore Bassett has deployed across the globe, working closely with NATO, EU and coalition partners. His early sea experience included Officer of the Watch, Navigating Officer and Command appointments in various ships prior to serving as the Operations Officer in the Type 22 Frigate HMS CUMBERLAND, deploying to the Middle East under Op TELIC. As the Executive Officer of HMS IRON DUKE he oversaw the provision of humanitarian assistance to UK Overseas Territories in the wake of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. During his command of HMS MONMOUTH he worked with international partners in the Middle East under Op KIPION, contributing to global maritime security and capacity building in the region. Latterly he commanded HMS BULWARK, the UK’s very high readiness amphibious assault ship, deploying to the Middle East as part of the COUGAR 14 Task Group.
On land, his operational experience includes a tour in Iraq at the height of the US surge in 2007, and wider defence activity across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America. He has also held various staff positions, including Flag Lieutenant to the First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, and appointments on the staff at the UK’s Joint Force Headquarters and within the Plans Division of the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters. As a Captain, he served as the Assistant Head UK Military Operations, within the Ministry of Defence, with strategic oversight of military operations in the UK, including Counter Terrorism, and most recently as the Deputy Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of Defence Staff.
He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Maritime Defence Management and Technology, attended the UK Advanced Command and Staff Course, graduating with a Masters degree in Defence Studies from King’s College London, and is an alumnus of the UK Higher Command and Staff Course.
Commodore Bassett assumed the roles of United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander & Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces in June 2019.