Military Head International Security Directorate, Security Policy and Operations UK Ministry of Defence
a junior officer Rhett served in bridge watchkeeping appointments and as a Lynx
helicopter pilot in frigates and destroyers deploying to the Balkans, The West
Indies, Middle and Far East. Following initial
staff training at Greenwich and specialist warfare training, he took up an
appointment as the Above Water Warfare officer in HMS NEWCASTLE. The Ship sailed to the West Indies on Counter
Drug operations, the Middle East as Carrier escort and the Adriatic in support of
the forces in Kosovo. Rhett returned to
815 Squadron as the Senior Pilot followed by sea command in HMS PENZANCE where,
as part of the NATO Mine Counter Measures Force North, the Ship conducted live ordnance
clearance operations in the Baltic.
staff training at Shrivenham, gaining a Masters in Defence Studies from Kings
College London and selection for promotion to Commander preceded an appointment
as the Naval Assistant to Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Commander-in-Chief East Atlantic
and Commander Allied Naval Forces North.
Following this Rhett joined the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters as the
Operations Team Leader for Global Counter Terrorism, with specific focus on
Iraq, the Middle East and Horn of Africa.
Back at sea, he was the second in command of HMS BULWARK during her period
as the UK Amphibious Flagship followed by three staff jobs in the Ministry of
Defence; Joint Capability Force Protection with the lead for Counter IED, Navy
Resource and Plans (Aviation & Carrier Strike) and then on promotion to
Captain as the Assistant Head for UK Counter Terrorism and Resilience, including
delivery of the military contribution to the security of the London 2012 Olympics. Command of the Ice Patrol Ship HMS PROTECTOR,
spanning three Antarctic summers, was followed by the Higher Command and Staff
Course as a student and then on the Directing Staff as Assistant Director
(Strategy). On promotion to Commodore he
joined Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) as Head of Futures and
Strategic Analysis followed by the post of Military Deputy Director for
International Security in February 2018.