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David Capewell
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Cap badge of the Royal Marines.png Royal Marines
Years of service 1979–
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 40 Commando
3 Commando Brigade
Battles/wars Operation Banner
Iraq War
Awards Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General David Andrew Capewell OBE is a senior Royal Marines officer currently serving as Chief of Joint Operations.

Military career

Capewell was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1979, holding a special short-service commission.[1] He advanced to the local rank of lieutenant and was promoted to acting lieutenant on 1 February 1981.[2] He completed his term of service on 15 September 1982 and began a short-career commission from the next day, retaining the rank of acting lieutenant.[3][4] He was confirmed in the rank of lieutenant on 1 September 1983 (seniority from 1 February),[5] and was transferred to a full career commission on 29 October 1985 (seniority from 1 February 1983).[6]

As a junior officer he served in Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and South Africa before becoming Chief of Staff of 3 Commando Brigade in 1998.[1] He was appointed Commanding Officer of 40 Commando in March 2000 and Chief of Staff, UK Joint Force Headquarters in January 2002 in which role he served as Chief of Operations and Intelligence to the British Commander for the invasion of Iraq.[1] He went on to be British Liaison Officer to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the United States in 2004, Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations) at Permanent Joint Headquarters in May 2005 and Commander of 3 Commando Brigade in June 2007.[1] He was appointed OBE on 6 May 2008.[7] Promoted to Major-General also on 6 May 2008[8] on his appointment as Deputy Commander NATO Rapid Deployable Corps (Italy),[1] he then became Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations) at the Ministry of Defence in August 2010[9] and Chief of Joint Operations at Permanent Joint Headquarters in December 2011.[10]

Honours and awards

Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 6 May 2008[7]
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg General Service Medal
OSM for Afghanistan BAR.svg Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan with Rosette Afghanistan
Iraq Medal BAR.svg Iraq Medal
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011 BAR.svg Accumulated Campaign Service Medal
INTERFET Medal ribbon.png International Force East Timor Medal (Australia)


He is married to Deborah and has two daughters.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Stuart Peach
Chief of Joint Operations
2011 -
Succeeded by

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