Admiral ATAÇ was born in İstanbul in 1946. After graduating as a junior ensign from the Naval Academy in 1965 he started serving in the Turkish Navy.
Having served on board various destroyers as branch officer and division officer Admiral ATAÇ was assigned as the Executive Officer of TCG ADATEPE between 1980-1981, Commanding Officer of TCG ALÇITEPE between 1983-1985, Commodore of the Destroyer Division III between 1990-1992.
Admiral ATAÇ graduated from Naval War College (İstanbul) in 1976, from NATO Defense College (Rome/ITALY) in 1979 and from Armed Forces College (İstanbul) in 1980.
During various parts of his career he was assigned as Planning Officer of Operations Division in the Turkish General Staff, Press Officer of Public Relations Division in the National Security Council, Chief of NATO Infrastructure Section of Logistic Division in Turkish Naval Forces Command, Deputy National Military Representative to SHAPE, Chief of Plans Section of Operational Division in the Turkish Naval Forces Command.
Admiral ATAÇ was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (LH) on August 30th, 1992, after which he was assigned as the Head of Naval Education and Training Department in Turkish Naval Forces Command between 1992-1994, Chief of Personnel in the Turkish Naval Forces Command between 1994-1995, Commander of Turkish Mine Group between 1995-1996.
Admiral ATAÇ was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (UH) on August 30th, 1996 and was designated as Chief of Staff, Turkish Fleet Command between 1996-1998. Having completed his tenure he served as the Commander of Surface Action Group between 1998-2000.
Upon his promotion to the rank of Vice Admiral on August 30th, 2000 he was assigned as Inspector General in Turkish Naval Forces Command; COS, Turkish Naval Forces Command between 2001-2003, Northern Sea Area Commander between 2003-2005.
He was promoted to the rank of Admiral in 2005 and assigned as the Commander of the Turkish Fleet between 2005-2007.
Admiral Metin ATAÇ became the Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces on August 24th, 2007.
His decorations include the “Distinguished Service Medal of the Turkish Armed Forces”, “Medal of Honor of the Turkish Armed Forces”, “Korean Unification Medal”, “Chilean Order of Naval Merit”, “USA Legend of Merit”.
Admiral ATAÇ is married to Mrs. Işın ATAÇ and has a son named Emre.
Admiral Metin ATAÇ speaks English as a foreign language.