COMMANDER OF THE TURKISH NAVAL FORCES:
ADMIRAL E.MURAT BILGEL
He graduated from the
Between 1973-1997, he assumed a variety of duties during his sea tour in the order of Division Officer, Department Head and Executive Officer on board destroyers, fast patrol boats and frigates. He then served as the Commanding Officer of fast patrol boats TCG KARAYEL and TCG DOGAN and frigates
During this period, he also graduated from the
After being promoted to Rear Admiral (Lower Half) in 1997, he served as the Chief of General Plans and Principles Directorate in the Ministry of National Defense, Chief of General Plans, Policy and CIMIC position of NAVSOUTH Headquarters in
Having been promoted to Rear Admiral (Upper Half) in 2001, he served as the Commander of Istanbul Strait Command, Commander of the Fast Patrol Boat Group and Chief of Staff of the Fleet Command.
Upon his promotion to Vice Admiral in 2005, he first assumed the Command Naval Training and Education between 2005-2007, and later served as the Chief of Staff, Turkish Naval Forces Command HQ between 2007-2009.
He was promoted to the rank of Admiral in 2009, and commanded the Turkish Fleet between 2009-2011.
Admiral BILGEL became the 24th Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces in August 2011.
His decorations include Turkish Armed Forces Distinguished Service Medal, NATO Medal (Kosovo and Former