Amiral Édouard Guillaud (born 10 July 1953) is a retired French Naval Officer and Admiral. He devoted a significant part of his career to the design of the Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier, and eventually captained carrier de Gaulle. He served as Chief of the general staff headquarters of the Armies CEMA from 25 February 2010 to 2014.
|Born||10 July 1953|
|Years of service||1973 – 2014|
|Commands held||P.A Charles de Gaulle|
President Military Cabinet Chief
Chef d'état-major des Armées
|Battles/wars||Lebanese Civil War|
2011 Libyan civil war
Northern Mali conflict
|Awards|| Grand Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour |
Officer of the National Order of Merit
Officer of the Order of Maritime Merit
Édouard joined the École Navale in 1973. As an Enseigne de vaisseau (vessel Ensign), he first served on the patroller La Paimpolaise from 1976 to 1978, monitoring the nuclear trials in Mururoa. Afterwards, he served consecutively for one year on two French nuclear ballistic missile submarines SNLE L'Indomptable and Le Redoutable, following which he took command in 1979 of the minesweeper Lobelia, for another year until 1980. The next year, he studied for a specialisation in gunnery and missiles.
In the early 1980s, Guillaud was sent in exchange in the United States (U.S.). As a Lieutenant de Vaisseau (Lieutenant) from 1981 to 1984, he then served as service chief on the aviso Amyot d'Inville and the squadron escorteurs launch missile Du Chayla, then as a service operations chief on the squadron escorteur launch missile Kersaint, cruising off the seas between Iran and Lebanon in 1983.
From 1984 to 1987, he worked on the nuclear aircraft carrier programme, particularly on expert systems in the programming environment of the ship. He was promoted to Capitaine de corvette in 1985.
Guillaud went on to study at the Superior Naval War School (French: École Supérieure de Guerre Navale, ESGN) and the School of Military Application for Atomic Energy (French: École des Applications Militaires de l'Energie Atomique, EAMEA), rising to Capitaine de frégate in 1989. He specialised in nuclear engineering, obtaining a degree in 1990.
In 1992, he took command of the aviso-escort Enseigne de vaisseau Henry (F749). In 1993, he re-integrated the design team for the nuclear carrier. Guillaud was promoted to Capitaine de vaisseau in 1996. The following year, he took the position of second officer on the Charles De Gaulle, which was then being completed in Brest.
From 1999 to 2001, Guillaud captained the nuclear carrier Charles De Gaulle, supervising carrier de Gaulle's trials and fittings. The next year, he studied at the Centre des hautes études militaires CHEM and at the Institut des hautes études de Défense nationale IHEDN.
From 2002 to 2004, he served as the assistant (French: adjoint) chief to the navy of the Chief of the Military Staff of the President of the Republic.
Between 2004 and 2006, Contre-Amiral (Counter-Admiral) Guillaud was préfet maritime for the English Channel and the North Sea. He was promoted to Vice-Amiral (Vice-Admiral) on 1 April 2006. The same year, he was called by Jacques Chirac to take on the position of Chief of the Military Staff of the President of the Republic CEMP-P.R., replacing General Georgelin; Guillaud took the office on 4 October, and was confirmed in this role in May 2007 after the election of Nicolas Sarkozy. As a Vice-amiral d'escadre (Squadron vice-admiral), he was promoted to Amiral (Admiral) in December 2007.
Guillaud has taken office as chief of the general staff headquarters of the Armies CEMA on 25 February 2010, and is the second Admiral of France to take this post.
In 2013 he commanded the French Forces in the Mali Civil War.
He left active duty service on 14 February 2014 when général Pierre de Villiers succeeded him at head of the armies. He assumed a French armament directorate until 2017.
Decorations and medalsEdit
- Honorary Corporal of the French Foreign Legion.
Sources and referencesEdit
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Édouard Guillaud.|
- L'amiral Guillaud devient chef d'état-major, AFP-Le Figaro, 27 January 2010
- ">Sauvegarde maritime, bilan de l'action de la marine nationale 2005/2006, French Ministry of Defence
- L'amiral Guillaud, un marin très "ops", Jean-Dominique Merchet, Libération
- Défenseur de la mer patrie, Jean-Dominique Merchet, Libération
- L'amiral Edouard Guillaud, nouveau chef d'état-major des armées, Le Monde
- Traynor, Ian (25 March 2011). "Nato to decide within days whether to take control of Libya military action". The Guardian.