Captain CLOUGH joined DCDS Capability - Command Control Information Surveillance and Reconnaissance (CAP C4ISR) in August 2011 as Deputy Head Command and Control and ISR Direct, Process and Disseminate (C2 and ISR DPD). He is the Capability Sponsor for UK MOD Information Systems, operational, logistics and medical applications, Air Defence and Air Traffic Control radars and C2 systems, and geospatial and other intelligence support capabilities
He joined Britannia Royal Naval College in 1984 in the Weapons Engineering specialisation and then undertook several years of training which included achieving a degree in Engineering at the University of Leicester. His first appointment was as Deputy Weapons Engineering Officer in the Type 22 frigate, HMS LONDON, 1990-92. The Ship was engaged in the first Gulf war, when it was the RN command ship, and then later conducted counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean. Between 1992 and 94, he served in the RN’s Special Communications Unit, and in 1995 he achieved a Master of Science in Guided Weapons Systems.
Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1996, he was appointed as Weapons Engineering Officer in the Type 22 frigate, HMS BEAVER. In the following two years, the Ship was deployed on national operations in the Gulf, the Far East and the Mediterranean, and on NATO exercises in the Atlantic Ocean. Appointed to London in 1999, he served in the Defence Intelligence Staff where he was responsible for Anti-Ship Missiles, and was promoted to Commander at the end of 2000. In 2001, he attended Advanced Command and Staff Course 5 at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, where he achieved a Master of Arts in Defence Studies.
Between 2002 and 05, he served as the PAAMS (SAMPSON Variant) System Manager in the tri-national PAAMS Programme Office in Paris, a satellite of the Type 45 Integrated Project Team. In this role he was responsible for the performance, functionality, systems engineering and dependency planning of the UK SAMPSON radar and Command and Control sub-systems, overall integration of the UK system and tri-national future capability studies. This period saw all of the PAAMS (now Sea Viper) sub-systems built, integrated and tested.
In 2005 he returned to the RN’s Fleet Headquarters in the Directorate of Naval Personnel Strategy where he was the Engineering Branch Manager, responsible for the number of posts and the number of personnel, at each rank and rate, for the 6000 General Service Engineer officers and ratings, and for ensuring that the requirements for entry qualifications and engineering training were correctly managed. During this period he was responsible for the implementation of the Engineering Technician structure, as well as coordinating the DNPS element of Naval Command HQ Transformation.
In 2007, he returned to sea as Commander Weapons Engineering in the aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL. At the time, the Ship was the UK’s high readiness commando helicopter carrier, Joint Forces Headquarters Afloat and Fleet Flagship. Two deployments to the USA saw exercises with NATO forces and the embarkation of US Marine Corps troops and helicopters.
In 2009, he conducted personnel and engineering assurance studies in Navy Command Headquarters and then spent 6 months in Defence Information Infrastructure Group, where he headed a Joint team responsible for the DII Deployed system. He was promoted to Captain in early 2010.
For the academic year 2010-11, he was the UK Armed Services student on the 60th promotion of the Centre des Hautes Etudes Militaires and the 63rd promotion of the Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale at the Ecole Militaire in Paris.
Married to Amanda, they have two sons Ben (1998) and Charlie (1999). Their hobbies include skiing and sailing their small and very old yacht.