Biography new President of The Nautical Institute
Captain James Robinson, DSM FNI Irish Navy (Retd)
Captain Robinson retired as Officer Commanding, Naval Operations Command and Second in Command Naval Service, where his duties included command of the Irish naval fleet in August 2009. He had been a mariner for 42 years, including 36 years in the Irish Navy and six years in Irish Shipping. Service with Irish Shipping included a cadetship and periods as Third and Second Officer. He was commissioned into the navy in 1973.
His naval career comprised many appointments afloat and ashore and included nine years in command at sea. He served for two years in the Lebanon, Sinai Desert and Egypt as a UN Military Observer and as a staff officer. He also served for a year in Vienna as a military planner for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff School of the Military College.
In 1985 while in command of LE Aisling he was On-Scene Commander for the first 18 hours of the search and recovery operation in the aftermath of the crash of Air India Flight 182, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal together with three members of his ship’s company.
He has been a Vice-President of the Nautical Institute since 2002 and was elected Senior Vice-President at the 2008 AGM, serving on the Institute’s Council and on its Finance and General Purposes Committee. He gained a Harbour Master Certificate and a Management Diploma through the Institute’s Distance Learning Programme.He is a past Chairman of the Ireland Branch and was among a small group of people who re-activated the branch with its core based in Cork around the Nautical College and the navy.