HEADQUARTERS, SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER ATLANTIC, NORFOLK, Va.--Vice Admiral Sir John Martin, KCB, DCS, was relieved in his post as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT) by Vice Admiral Edward G.
HEADQUARTERS, SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER ATLANTIC, NORFOLK, Va.--Vice Admiral Sir John Martin, KCB, DCS, was relieved in his post as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT) by Vice Admiral Edward G. N. Mansfield on 19 January 1973.
Admiral Martin will retire at the end of a career of more than ???0 years on his return to England with Lady Martin. He assumed the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) post in September 1970 and has served as second-in-command to three Supreme Allied Commanders during this appointment, which lasted more than two years.
NATO's Allied Command Atlantic is responsible for more than 12 million square miles of Atlantic Ocean extending from the coastal waters of Europe and Africa to those of North America, and from the North Pole to the Tropic of Cancer. Naval surface, sub-surface and aviation units from seven NATO nations, including the United Kingdom, are ???-marked for assignment to the Allied Command in wartime.
During his tenure as Deputy, Admiral Martin was instrumental in planning and conducting a wide variety of exercises ranging from those involving thousands of men, with ships and aircraft from as many as eleven NATO countries, to small scale exercises of opportunity. These exercises included the recently completed Exercise STRONG EXPRESS, which was the largest maritime exercise in the 23-year history of the NATO alliance.
The purpose of the exercises is to enable the nations of the alliance to maintain the free passage of merchant shipping between NATO Europe and North America. The lines of communication have long been considered the lifeline of the Western World and are utilized by more than 3,000 merchant ships daily carrying the raw and finished materials required by the NATO nations to keep their economi??? alive.
Prior to his NATO assignment, Admiral Martin served as Director General for Personnel Services and Training for the Royal Navy in London. He previously held appointments as Commander British Forces Gulf (1968) and Flag Officer Middle East (1966). He was promoted to Vice Admiral in April 1970 prior to assuming the post.
While second-in-command of the Atlantic Command, he was made a Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath by Queen Elizabeth 11 in her Birthday Honours List of 1972.
Early in his career, he specialized in navigation, serving in minesweepers, minelayers, convoy escorts and cruisers. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross while the 13th Minesweeping Flotilla in support of the First and Eighth Armies in the North African, Sicilian and Italian campaigns.
While second-in-command of the Allied Command Atlantic, Admiral Martin travelled extensively throughout the United States in an additional capacity as leader of an international briefing team which appeared before professional military and college audiences. The team is comprised of officers from the SACLANT staff, which includes 150 navy, army, air force, marine corps, and coast guard officers from nine NATO nations. Twenty Royal Navy and Royal Marine Corps officers serve on this staff.
The headquarters is located in Norfolk, Virginia, a major military complex in the centre of the eastern seaboard of the United States. Norfolk is a part of a six-city region spread over 40 miles in radius and containing more than three quarters of a million persons. Situated on Chesapeake Bay, the area is an important merchant shipping centre with ships of all national registries common sights. With extensive inland waterways, long stretches of bay and ocean beaches, surrounded by vast expanses of open countryside, Norfolk and its adjacent communities are equally attractive to the outdoorsman and the city dweller.
Arrival Honours for Vice Admiral Edward Gerard Napier Mansfield, Royal Navy, at the Headquarters of the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic. Vice Admiral Manafield assumed the post of Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic on Friday, 19 January 1973, at Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.