Tim Fraser


Sir Timothy Fraser
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Admiral Fraser in 2020
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1982–
Commands heldVice-Chief of the Defence Staff (2019–)
Chief of Joint Operations (2017–2019)
HMS Illustrious (2006–07)
5th Destroyer Squadron (2001–03)
HMS Cardiff (2001–03)
HMS Gloucester (1997–98)
HMS Archer (1989–91)
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Timothy Peter Fraser, KCB, ADC is a senior Royal Navy officer who has served as Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff since May 2019.

Early life

Fraser was educated at Lord Williams's School, a comprehensive school in Thame, Oxfordshire.[1]

Naval career

Fraser joined the Royal Navy in 1982 and was commissioned a sub-lieutenant on 1 January 1984.[2][3] He captained the patrol craft HMS Archer from 1989 to 1991, and served as captain of the destroyer HMS Gloucester from 1997 to 1998 and of the destroyer HMS Cardiff from 2001 to 2003. In the latter he was also commander of the 5th Destroyer Squadron.[4][5] Fraser was appointed captain of the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious in 2006,[4] and Director of Naval Plans and resources at the Ministry of Defence in 2007.[6] He went on to be Commander, United Kingdom Maritime Component, Persian Gulf in 2010.[7]

Promoted to rear admiral on 16 January 2012,[8] Fraser became Senior British Advisor, United States Central Command in 2012,[6] and Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Capability & Force Design) at the Ministry of Defence in 2014.[9] He was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2015 Birthday Honours.[10] Promoted to vice admiral on 26 June 2017,[11] Fraser was appointed Chief of Joint Operations that month.[12][11] He was promoted to admiral and succeeded General Sir Gordon Messenger as Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff in May 2019.[2][13]

Fraser was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2020 Birthday Honours.[14]


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  2. ^ a b "Admiral Tim Fraser CB". Senior Military Officials. Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  3. ^ "No. 49708". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 April 1984. p. 5586.
  4. ^ a b "Captains commanding Royal Navy warships" (PDF). Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  5. ^ Laydon, Rosie (3 December 2018). "Who Are The New Military Chiefs?". Forces Network. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Senior Tri-service and Ministry of Defence appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Senior Royal Navy appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  8. ^ "No. 60038". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 January 2012. p. 1267.
  9. ^ "Head office and Corporate Services Senior Organogram". Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  10. ^ "No. 61256". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2015. p. B3.
  11. ^ a b "No. 61983". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 July 2017. p. 12670.
  12. ^ "Current admirals" (PDF). Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  13. ^ "A 'generation of innovators' has been appointed to run the military in a shake-up of the top ranks of the Army, Navy and RAF". The Daily Telegraph. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  14. ^ "No. 63135". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 October 2020. p. B2.
Military offices
Preceded by
Chief of Joint Operations
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff