Torben Mikkelsen, Rear Admiral
Chief Executive Officer Ship Programmes
Danish Defence Command
After completing the Naval Command Course at United States Naval War College in 2006 he returned to the Danish Defence Command J3 and J32 branch. He served in Admiral Danish Fleet Headquarters as Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations and Logistics during which he was promoted to Captain (N). He has also served as Chief for the Excecutive Office at the Defence Command Denmark.
Torben Mikkelsen was selected to become Commander, 2. (DNK) Squadron. During his service he was appointed Commander Task Group 420.01 with the task of removing of chemical agents from Syria in 2013/14 (OPRECSYR).
Following duty as Commander, 2. Squadron, Torben Mikkelsen was assigned as Commander, Danish Task Group and promoted to Commodore. He was in 2016 appointed as Commander, Task Group 1100.01, with the task to remove chemical agents from Libya (OPRECLIB).
Promoted to Rear Admiral, he assumed the duties and responsibilities as Chief of Danish Naval Staff on 1 June 2017 – from 1 January 2019 Admiral Danish Fleet, Royal Danish Navy Command.
In June 2022, Torben Mikkelsen was selected as Executive Director of Navy Programs, Defence Command Denmark.
He was appointed Knight of the Order of Dannebrog in 2006 and appointed to Knight of the Order of Dannebrog, 1st degree four years later. In 2018 he was appointed Commander of the Order of Dannebrog. In 2019 he was appointed Commandeur de l’Ordre du Mérite Maritime.