56 th Frigate Flotilla

Rear Admiral (LH)
(2017 -)

Rear Admiral (LH) Valentin A IACOBLEV was born on July 9, 1967 in Constanta, Romania.

He graduated the Navy High School “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” in 1985 and the Naval Academy “Mircea cel Batran” in 1989, when was promoted to Lieutenant. JG. He began his military career as Navigation Officer on board of Minesweeper „Alexandru Axente”(MS 30), between 1989-1994. He continued as Executive Officer of Minesweeper ”Lupu Dinescu” (MS 25), between 1994-1999, and electronic warfare specialist in the MCM Brigade, in 1999.
On September 19, 1995 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

In 1999 he was accepted to National Defence University and in 2000 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant commander. After graduation, in 2001, he was appointed, for a short period of time, as Executive Officer on board of Submarine „Delfinul”.

Between 2001-2004 he has commanded Minesweeper „Alexandru Axente” with which he participated in several national and PfP exercises.

In 2004 he was selected for the Type 22 Frigates programme (the acquisition for two former Royal Navy type 22 frigates COVENTRY and LONDON). He was appointed as Executive Officer of the frigate “REGINA MARIA” (F 222), ex HMS LONDON. He was promoted to commander, on March 31, 2005. During training period in UK, the Ship’s Company performs a Preliminary Safety Training at Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST).

In 2008 he was appointed as Commanding Officer of the frigate “REGINA MARIA” (F 222) until 2012 when he was assigned to the Romanian Naval Forces Staff, as Head of Support Forces Training Section.

On August 2016, he took command of 56th Frigate Flotilla. On December 01, 2017 he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (LH).

His developing training began in 1995 with the MCM Staff Course -Naval Academy „Mircea cel Batran”- Constanta, Romania, Naval Staff Course - Naval Academy „Mircea cel Batran”- Constanta, Romania, between 1998 – 1999, Multinational Staff Officers Orientation Course - NATO School SHAPE, 2002, Maritime Operational Language Seminar - Newport, Rhode Island, USA, 2002, Defense Resources Management Course - National Defense University ”Carol I” - Bucuresti, 2009, Joint Strategic Leadership Course - National Defense University”Carol I” - Bucuresti, 2014.

Throughout his military career, he has participated in different operations and exercices: Cooperative Partner ’96, ’98, ’02 - Romania, Open Spirit ’01 - Training Programme on board HNLMS Makkum, Netherland - Latvia, ’01, Cooperative Partner ’01 - Georgia, Cooperative Partner ’03 - Ukraine, Cooperative Partner ’04 - Bulgaria, NIRIIS ’07 - Greece, NATO Summit ’08 - Romania, Operation Active Endeavour ’06, ’09, ’11 – Mediterranean Sea.

He was awarded with the Military Merit medal, Romanian General Staff "Emblem of Honor", 2007, Romanian Army "Emblem of Honor", 2011, Romanian Navy "Emblem of Honor", 2015.

He is married to Luminita and has one daughter, Iulia.

Rear Admiral (LH) Valentin A IACOBLEV speaks fluently English Language.