Commander in Chief of the Polish Navy
Vice Admiral Tomasz MATHEA
Born in 1955, Warsaw, a graduate of the Polish Naval Academy (1979), postgraduate of the former Soviet Union Naval Academy (1988), postgraduate in command and staff studies at the British Royal Naval Staff College (1995), postgraduate of the Polish National Defense University (1996) and a postgraduate in defense policy studies at the US National Defense University (2003).
Vice Admiral Tomasz Mathea started his service in the Submarine Squadron of the 3rd Flotilla of Ships. He went through posts of the submarine division Commander (ORP ‘Sokol’) and the submarine deputy Commander (ORP ‘Bielik’). From 1988 to 1993 he was the Chief of Staff in the Submarine Squadron and then later the Squadron Commander. In 1996 he was assigned to the 3rd Flotilla Headquarters as Deputy Commander. In 1998 he was appointed the Chief of Sea Training Directorate in the Polish Navy Headquarters. In June 2000 he was nominated as the Commander of the 9th Coast Defense Flotilla, and promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (lower half) in 2001.
Vice Admiral Tomasz Mathea is a 2003 graduate of the National Defense University Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly ICAF). After graduation, he came back to Poland (Warsaw) to move into another leadership role as the Chief of Strategic Planning Directorate in the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces. Between 2004 and 2006 he was the Chief of the Polish Navy Logistics. From June 2006 he served as the Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces. Four years later, in June 2010, he took command of the Polish Navy.
Repeatedly awarded for his exceptional service, inter alia: the Knight's Cross of Order of Polonia Restituta, the Sea Cross of Merit, the Gold Cross of Merit and the Gold Medal of Merit for National Defense. Admiral Mathea is awarded White Rose Commander Order (Finland) and Officer of the Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur (France).