specadvCommodore Hans Helseth
Royal Norwegian Navy
Special Advisor to Commander Joint Warfare Centre

Commodore Hans Helseth was born in 1958. He joined the Royal Norwegian Navy in 1977, and upon completion of the Naval Academy, he was assigned to the submarine service.

He took command of the HNoMSSvenner (‘Kobben’-class) in 1985. In 1988-89, he was Teacher on the Norwegian Submarine Commanding Officer’s Qualifying Course.

Joining the Frigate Service as an XO in 1989, and following a further two year tour commanding submarines (‘Ula’-class), he ended 14 years of uninterrupted sea duty commanding the frigate HNoMSNarvik, with the rank of Commander.

Between 1995 and 1997, Commodore Helseth studied at the German Command and Staff College in Hamburg (‘Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr’) before serving for a year as a head instructor at the Norwegian Staff College in Oslo.

For the next three years, he was staff officer and subsequently Branch Chief in J5 in NATO Joint Command North in Stavanger. After Defence College in Oslo in 2002, he was promoted Captain and took command of the Frigate Squadron. He held this post until 2006, simultaneously serving as Commander Norwegian Task Group in multiple NATO and national exercises. Back to NATO, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff Operations (DCOS OPS) in Maritime Command Northwood, UK, until 2010.

Commodore Helseth has participated in a number of NATO operations including Sharp Guard (1995), Determined Guardian (1999), KFOR (2001), ISAF (COS to NATO Senior Civilian Representative, 2008), and Ocean Shield (2009–2010). He has been awarded the corresponding national and NATO campaign medals. In addition to long service medals, he has an award for historical research works. Most recently, he was awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal by the Secretary General of NATO.

Commodore Helseth came to NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) in September 2015, following his assignment as Deputy Director, International Military Staff Operations (IMS OPS) at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Commodore Helsethis married to Ranveig. His interests include hiking, biking, military history, and the social activities connected with a life in the Navy. Surprisingly, he has also become interested in gardening, not to mention beer brewing, all sure signs of mature age.