Born in 1960 in Tekirdag, Rear Admiral (Retired) Mustafa IPTES joined the Turkish Navy in 1981, graduating from the Turkish Naval Academy. He served in many capacities at sea as a young officer and as a Commanding Officer of a Frigate (TCG YILDIRIM); healso held shore posts between 1981 and 2005. He undertook advanced military training and education in staff college in Turkey and obtained a Master of Science (MSs) in the USA during his extensive career.
Following service as Commodore, Destroyer Division Five, in the Turkish Fleet, he was promoted to Flag Officer rank as Rear Admiral in 2006, and then he served as Hydrographer of Turkey (Director of Turkish Navigation, Hydrography and Oceanography Office) from 2006 to 2010. In this period, he also assumed the Chairmanship of the Working Group on Safety of Navigation in the Black and Azov Seas (BASWG) and of the Mediterranean and Black Seas Hydrographic Commission (MBSHC) between 2009-2010. He retired from the Turkish Navy in 2011 upon having served for 30 years.
Rear Admiral (Ret) IPTES was elected as the Director of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) at the 18th International Hydrographic Conference held in Monaco from 23 to 27 April 2012. He took up the position of IHO Director, as from 1st September 2012 for a term of 5 years. The IHO, established in 1921 to support the safety of navigation and protect the marine environment, is an inter-governmental technical organisation which currently comprises 85 Member States. Its principal role is the maintenance of relevant international standards and guidelines and the global coordination of the provision of hydrographic and nautical charting services. The Headquarters and Secretariat of the IHO is based in Monaco.
Rear Admiral (Ret) IPTES has delivered many speeches and papers at national and international conferences on maritime affairs, in particular maritimesafety, maritime security, hydrography, oceanography, nautical charting, marine research activities, sea law and marine environment protection.
We wish Rear Admiral (Ret) IPTES great success on his endeavors.