NOPF Dam Neck

Dam Neck, VA
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Cdr Neil Botting

Senior British Officer

Neil Botting grew up in West Sussex and read Geology at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London. After graduating he spent a year travelling as part of the BUNAC scheme before joining BRNC in September 2000. His naval career to date has been exclusively within submarine operations; predominantly serving in hunter-killers since 2002, he has deployed globally and experienced the full range of SSN tasking.

On completion of initial training Neil undertook junior officer assignments in HMS Triumph and HMS Vanguard, the highlight of the former being a deployment to the Gulf and Far East and the latter included Demonstration and Shakedown Operations in the United States. He navigated HMS Trenchant for a 2 year period, deploying to the Mediterranean and WESTLANT which included Tomahawk Block IV firings.

He was awarded the Howard Johnston Memorial Sword on Advanced Warfare Course in 2008 and following ICSC(M) he joined HMS Triumph for his watch leader assignment. He was the Operations Officer while the boat twice hosted the Submarine Command Course (SMCC), and in 2011 deployed in support of Operation ELLAMY / UNIFIED PROTECTOR in Libya.

Neil successfully completed SMCC in 2012 and joined HMS Talent as the Executive Officer. This extremely busy 30 month assignment included several periods of operational tasking as well as 2 deployments to the Mediterranean and East of Suez. He was also fortunate enough to witness his fifth successive SMCC. Joining Navy Operations, Northwood in 2015 as the Special Operations Officer, he was responsible for the operational employment of SSNs worldwide.

Promoted to Commander in January 2016, Neil assumed Command of HMS Astute in April 2016. During his 2 year Command tour he brought the submarine out of the largest, in-Service A Class maintenance period to date. Following a challenging regeneration he enjoyed operational success over an 8 month period, which included several Class firsts across a number of warfare disciplines.

Neil assumed the role of Senior British Officer, NOPF Dam Neck in July 2018.