Admiral (ret.) Sir George Zambellas, the former First Sea Lord of the British Royal Navy, will join Liquid Robotics’ global Strategic Advisory Board. As a member of this board of advisors, Sir George will bring his vast military and maritime domain knowledge to help Liquid Robotics explore and develop new relationships and opportunities in the military and the nonmilitary markets globally.
Zambellas has a highly distinguished naval career that concluded in April 2016 after a three-year appointment as Britain’s First Sea Lord. During this time he served in the U.K. Amphibious Force, the U.K. Maritime Force, NATO 4-star Maritime Command and Fleet Command and U.K. Ministry of Defense positions. As captain of HMS Chatham he was deployed as part of Operation Palliser to Sierra Leone, earning the Distinguished Service Cross.
A champion of technological innovation, and a pioneer of unmanned systems in maritime operations, Zambellas has led the exploitation of autonomous systems for naval operations. As the First Sea Lord, he was the force behind Unmanned Warrior 2016, the first multinational exercise of a real-life, large-scale interoperability of unmanned and autonomous systems. Lauded as ground breaking, it was during this exercise where Boeing and Liquid Robotics demonstrated the first time that a network of persistent USVs were able to detect, track and report a live submarine in a naval demonstration.
"I'm delighted to be able to support Liquid Robotics,” said Sir George Zambellas. “This responsibility will hit the sweet spot for me, combining deceptively advanced technology with extraordinary development potential, in the challenging underwater domain but with access to land, air and space, in a product range with global reach and global relevance - run by a small committed team."
“We are honored to be welcoming Sir George Zambellas to our Strategic Advisory Board,” said Gary Gysin, President & CEO, Liquid Robotics. “We’ve admired Sir George’s leadership in challenging the world’s navies to think differently, to use advanced technologies, and unmanned systems to advance naval superiority. His expertise will be invaluable as we work towards creating a seafloor to space network to monitor our ocean environment and its threats.”
This appointment has been referred to the Office of the Advisory Committee on Business appointments in the U.K. and is being made in accordance with the Committee’s advice.