ADMIRAL ADNAN ÖZBAL
COMMANDER OF THE TURKISH NAVAL FORCES
Admiral Adnan ÖZBAL was born in İstanbul in 1958. He graduated from Naval High School in 1976 and from Turkish Naval Academy in 1980.
After having served onboard destroyers as branch officer and division officer, he commanded various patrol boats and fast patrol boats, and assigned as the Commodore of the Second Fast Patrol Boat Division from 2003 to 2005.
Admiral ÖZBAL graduated from Naval War College in 1989 and from Turkish Armed Forces College in 1995. Furthermore in 1995, he got his bachelor’s degree on Economics at Anatolian University.
As for the HQ posts; Admiral ÖZBAL has served, as The Commander of Fast Patrol Boat Group, Chief of Intelligence at Turkish General Staff and as staff officer and key leadership positions at STRIKEFORCE SOUTH in Naples. He served as head of branch at Turkish Naval Forces Command Planning and Principles Department, Chief of Logistics and Chief of Operations in Turkish Northern Sea Area Command between 1999-2003. On August 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (LH).
He was assigned as Chief of Staff in Turkish Northern Sea Area Command, and then he took the command of the Fast Patrol Boat Group between 2010-2011. 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, when he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (UH).
Admiral ÖZBAL served as the Commander of Naval Academy between 2012-2013, Commander of Coast Guard between 2013-2014 and Commander of Naval Training and Education from 2014 to 2016, where he was promoted to Vice Admiral in 2015.
Admiral ÖZBAL was assigned as Chief of Staff of Turkish Naval Forces Command in 2016. He was appointed as the 26th Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces as of 22nd of August 2017. Admiral ÖZBAL was promoted to the rank of Admiral as of 30th of August 2018.
Admiral ÖZBAL’s awards and decorations are “Turkish Armed Forces Medal of Honor”, “Turkish Armed Forces Distinguished Service Medal”, “Nishan-ı İmtiaz” of Pakistan, “Navy Commendation Medal” of U.S.A. and “NATO Medal” of Former Yugoslavia.
Admiral ÖZBAL speaks English. He is married to Mrs. Gaye ÖZBAL and they have one daughter and a grand son.