Rear Admiral Yavuz Kilic graduated from Turkish Naval High School in 1988 and from the Turkish Naval Academy in 1992 as an ensign by earning a bachelor degree in electrical and electronics engineering.
After being qualified, he has served in a variety of sea and shore assignments. He acted as Weapons Systems Electronic Officer on board of frigates. He took part in handover process of Perry Class Frigates from US Navy to Turkish Navy as Electronics Officer. He was assigned to Surface Training Center in 1999 as Anti Surface Warfare Officer.
He was educated in Turkish Naval War College with the rank of lieutenant between 2001 and 2003. After his education in Turkish Naval War College, he was assigned to MEKO Class Frigates as Gunnery Officer, Principle Warfare Officer and later on as Executive Officer. After these active duties, he was deployed to UNIFIL as Maritime Operations Plan Officer for 6 months in Naquora/Lebanon. He graduated from Turkish Armed Forces College in 2008.
As a Commanding Officer, he led the men and women of MEKO 200 T class frigate TCG KEMALREIS. He was deployed to activation of first Turkish Maritime Task Group (TMTG-2011) and Operation Unified Protector as Commanding Officer.
After handover the command, he was assigned as Chief of Tactical Improvement and Doctrine Group. During this period, he graduated from NATO Defence College in 2012. He acted as Chief of Force Plan Department at Turkish Coast Guard Command between 2014 and 2015.
He was assigned to JFCNP in August 2015 and he served in JMED and POLAD office between 2015 and 2017.
As a flag officer, he acted as Head of Plans and Policy Department of Turkish Naval Forces Command between 2017 and 2018. Later on, he assumed the command of Gölcük Main Naval Base between 2018 and 2019.