Commander Guillaume Belléard was born in 1984 and joined the French Naval Academy in 2004. From 2008 to 2010, he served as head of department on the Lafayette-type frigate « Guépratte ». He took part in several operations in the Mediterranean Sea, the Horn of Africa and the Guinea Gulf, including anti-narcotics and anti-piracy actions as a VBSS team leader. He then served on the Oiler « Marne », distinguishing himself during the operations off the coast of Lybia.
Following these four years in Toulon, he attended a one year course in the IFP School, graduating as a MSc in Internal Combustion Engines. It lead him to the role of naval specialist for Diesel Engines in the Fleet Support Service (FSS) in Brest from 2013 to 2016. In 2015, he undertook a remote course in Lyon 3 University and graduated as a MA in International relations, Security and Defence.
He was then assigned for two years as Chief Engineer on board the French frigate « Vendémiaire », in New Caledonia, aboard which he succesfully conducted a major ship overhaul in Auckland, New Zealand and notably took part in another anti-narcotics operation.
From 2018 to 2020, he served in Paris as head of the fleet maintenance procedures bureau in the Central Directorate of the FSS. There he succesfuly participated in the ISO 9001-2015 certification process of the service and passed the competitive examination to access the French War College course. He graduated from the course as part of the 28 th cohort in 2021.
His next posting was Chief Engineer of the Air Defence FREMM « Lorraine » under construction. As such, he supervised the safety training and preparation of the crew and followed the advancement of work in the shipyard.
Upon the successful delivery of the ship to the Navy, he was appointed as Chief Engineer of the FREMM « Auvergne » and ensured the ability of the ship to conduct operations in the contested Baltic Sea area and in the Atlantic Ocean.
He currently serves as Branch Head for Lorient in the Permanent Commission on Programs and Trials. The mission of the branch he oversees are the control of compliance with safety regulations and appraisal of military capabilities of surface ships during the construction phase.
Commander Belléard is married and have two children ; he is fond of reading and practice rapier fencing.
22-May-2024Future Surface Fleet Theatre ANavigation safety requirements during the construction and armament phase