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Rear Admiral (LH) Bahadır Şengün

Rear Admiral Şengün was born in Istanbul in 1977. He joined Naval High School in 1991 and graduated from Turkish Naval Academy in 1999.

During his sea tour between 1999-2004, he served onboard various frigates as branch officer. In 2002, he stayed 6 months in USA, as a member of the team transferring TCG GÖKOVA (ex Perry class frigate) to Türkiye.

Ashore, he worked at the Strategy Department at Naval Headquarters between 2007-2014 as Agreements Officer and Strategy Officer respectively. He returned to the sea in 2014 and served as Navigator and Operations Officer onboard school ship TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Paşa till 2016.

In 2016 he was appointed to Turkish Military Representation at NATO HQ in Brussels and served as Military Adviser and Joint Plans&Ops Officer respectively till 2019. Having been relieved from this post, he joined onboard TCG BARBAROS (Meko 200 type frigate) as Executive Officer and assumed command of the ship between June 2021-August 2022.

In respect of higher education; he earned master’s degree on international relations in 2006, after studying two years at Institute of Strategical Researches located in the premises of National Defence University in Istanbul. He attended the Command and Headquarters Posts Education in 2014, and Staff Officer Education in 2021 at Naval War College, from both graduating with honours.

His decorations include NATO Medal for Operation Active Endeavour and Naval Headquarters exceptional achievement reward. He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral as of 30th of August 2022 .

He took over the position as Director Management at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe on 19th September 2022.

Rear Admiral Şengün speaks English (advanced) and French (elementary).

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