Commander in Chief
Vice Admiral Filippo Maria Foffi

Vice Admiral
Filippo Maria FOFFI

Vice Admiral Filippo Maria Foffi was born on the 15 of September 1953 in Rome. He attended the Italian Naval Academy in Livorno from 1972 to 1976.

From 1976 to 1978, he was embarked on the Cruiser Duilio and the Destroyer San Giorgio as Navigator. Subsequently he has qualified as specialist in Navigation, Telecommunications and Electronic Warfare and served as Communications Officer on board Frigates Castore, Orsa and Maestrale.

In 1983/84, with the rank of Lieutenant, he commanded the Auxiliary Ship Basento.

From 1984 to 1991, he was assigned to the N2 Department of the Italian Navy General Staff, where he was also the Director of the  Operative Centre.

From September 1991 to December 1992, he was the Executive Officer of the Cruiser Vittorio Veneto, and after he commanded the Frigate Espero (Maestrale class), with the rank of Commander.

From 1994 to 1998, he commanded the Intelligence Centre of the Italian Navy, and then became C.O. of the Joint Intelligence Centre of the Italian Defence General Staff. With the rank of Captain, in 1999/2000, he commanded the Aircraft Carrier Garibaldi.

From December 2000, he was the Deputy Chief for the C4I, Information Technology and Security of the 3rd Department of the Italian Navy General Staff; in the same period he was the Chairman of the Battle Management C4I (BMC4I) of the Maritime Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence Forum.

From 2002 to 2003 he was the Senior National Rep. in Tampa (FL) c/o USCENTCOM, for Operation Enduring Freedom.

From 2003 to 2004 he was the ACOS for Operations and Exercises in the European Union Military Staff.

From 2004 to 2007 he was the Italian Deputy Military Representative in the European Union Military Committee.

From 2007 to 2010 he was the Chief of C4I Systems and Transformation Department of the Italian Defence General Staff and National Rep for NATO C3 Board.

Then 2010 he has been appointed as the Commander of the Italian Front Line Naval Forces and Commander of Italian Maritime Forces (COMITMARFOR). During Operation Unified Protector in Libia, from June 2011 to the end of the war, he was the Commander of NATO TG 455.01 operating in the Central Mediterranean Sea.

From January 2012 Admiral Foffi has been the Head of the Italian Navy Personnel.

On July 25th 2012, promoted to Vice Admiral, has taken the post of Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.

From January 25th 2013, is Commander in CHief of the Italian Fleet.