Deputy Chief of Staff - Operations


Rear Admiral Gilles Humeau

Rear Admiral Gilles Humeau was born in Paris, the 27th of October 1962 and joined the French Naval Academy in 1982. He is married and father of four children.

After a first assignment in New Caledonia on board the patrol boat "La Dieppoise " in 1985, he served until 2005 as fighter pilot in all the assault and recognition’s squadrons embarked on board aircraft carriers. He mainly flew on Etendard and Super- Etendard to reach a total of 2550 flight hours and 510 deck-landings, among which 75 by night. He has been in command of the Etendard IV- P recognition squadron 16F from 1997 to 1999, and later of the air wing embarked on board aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle between 2003 and 2005. 

He also combined a career on surface units. From 1991 to 1992, he was department head and instructor on board the helicopter carrier "Jeanne d’ Arc". In 2001 he assumed command of the supply ship "Somme" and, from 2005 till 2008, on board the new amphibious ship "Mistral”, first as executive officer then as commanding officer. He took part to the development of the ship program and led her operational qualification.

At the staff level, after following the Joint Defense College in Paris in 1999, he was appointed as air operation specialist in the naval force headquarters. From 2008 and 2011, he has been in charge of the naval programs at the joint headquarters. Then, he joined the navy headquarters to lead the operations department until 2014. During one year, he participated to the new joint team linked to the Air Force Chief of Staff dedicated to improve the aviation equipment maintenance. He was designated as deputy to General Secretary of the Sea in 2015. He is now deputy commander for the French Mediterranean Command. 

Rear Admiral Humeau participated in various operations during the numerous deployments of the aircraft carriers in Adriatic between 1993 and 1999 (operations "Balbuzard”, "Deny Flight”, "Decisive Endeavour”, "Allied force”). He was also a liaison officer with the multinational brigade in Bosnia Herzegovina in July, 1995. In 2001-2002 and 2004, he was engaged in the operation "Enduring Freedom" off Pakistan. In 2006, he organized the massive evacuation of Lebanon, during the operation "Balliste”. In 2008, he led the humanitarian operation "Orcaella” off Burma. In 2016, he has been engaged during 6 months as deputy operation commander for the European operation "EUNAVFORMED-SOPHIA”, dealing with the migrations in the central Mediterranean.

Rear Admiral Humeau completed his degree as an atomician in 2005. He followed in 2010-2011 the cycle of the high European studies at the "Ecole Nationale d’Administration”. 

Officer of the Legion of Honor since 2007, he was also awarded the "Croix de guerre”, the "Croix de la valeur militaire”, the Medal for aeronautic and the Maritime Merit.


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