Turkish Naval Forces

26th Commander of The Turkish Naval Forces


Vice Admiral Adnan ÖZBAL
22.08.2017 -

Vice Admiral Adnan ÖZBAL was born in İstanbul in 1958. He graduated from Naval High School (İstanbul) in 1976 and from Turkish Naval Academy (İstanbul) as an ensign in 1980.

Having served onboard destroyers as branch officer and division officer, Vadm. ÖZBAL occupied the following positions.

- Executive Officer of TCG ŞAHİN,

- Commanding Officer of TCSG 22,

- Commanding Officer of TCG ŞAHİN,

- Commanding Officer of TCG RÜZGAR,

Vice Admiral OZBAL graduated from Naval War College (İstanbul) in 1989 and from Turkish Armed Forces College in 1995. He was assigned as the Commodore of the Second Fast Patrol Boat Division from 2003 to 2005.

In addition to these assignments, Vadm.ÖZBAL has served in staff officer and key leadership positions in Turkish Naval Forces Command, Turkish General Staff and NATO HQs to include;

- Chief of Logistics in Turkish Northern Sea Area Command (2005-2006)

- Chief of Operations in Turkish Northern Sea Area Command (2006-2008)

On August 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (LH) and assigned as Chief of Staff in Turkish Northern Sea Area Command, and then he commanded the fast patrol boat group post till August 2011. On completion of his command, he served as the Head of Personnel Planning and Management Department of the Turkish Naval Forces Command till August 2012.

Upon his promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral (UH) on 30 August  2012, Vice Admiral ÖZBAL served as Commander of Naval Academy from 2012 to 2013, and Commander of Naval Training and Education Command from 2014 to 2016.

He was promoted to Vice Admiral on 30 August 2015 and assigned as Chief of Staff of Turkish Naval Forces Command from 2016 to 2017. Vice Admiral Adnan ÖZBAL was appointed as the 26th Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces as of 22nd August 2017.

Vice Admiral ÖZBAL speaks English. He is married to Mrs. Gaye ÖZBAL and they have one daughter.

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