REAR ADMIRAL SI ALADE GSS psc(+) fdc(+) BSc MILD MPhil MNIM fcis
Real Admiral Samuel Ilesanmi Alade was born on 18 March 1961 at Oyin Akoko in Ondo State, South West of Nigeria. After an outstanding Primary and Secondary education, he proceeded to the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna as a member of the 27 Regular Course between 1980 – 1981.
The Senior Officer attended several military institutions amongst which are Indian Navy Ship Vendruthy, Cochin, India for Sub Lieutenant Technical Course 1984- 85, Nigerian Navy Ship QUORRA, Apapa, Lagos for Long Navigation and Direction Course 1990, Nigerian Naval College Onne, Port Harcourt for Principal Welfare officers Course 1997, Command and Staff College, Jaji for Junior and Senior Staff Courses 1991 and 1996 respectively, Maritime Warfare Centre, United Kingdom for International Joint Operation Planning Course 2002 and National Defence College, New Delhi, India 2008.
The Senior Officer attended civil institutions which include University of Lagos, Akoka Lagos where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Masters of International Law and Diplomacy in 1992 and 1998 respectively. He was also at the University of Madras, India for a Master of Philosophy in 2008.
He began his career in the Nigerian Navy serving as a navigator on various patrol boats and ships. He has held other command and staff positions which include Watchkeeping Officer onboard various Nigerian Navy Ships, Flag Lieutenant to Chief of the Naval Staff, Navigating Officer on Nigerian Navy Ship AMBE, Commanding Officer on Nigerian Navy Ship EKPE, Executive Officer on Nigerian Navy Ship EKUN. Others are Commanding Officer Mogadishu, Abyssinia and Burma Battalions, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Directing Staff Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, Chief instructor Senior Course, Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, Directing Staff National Defence College Abuja, Deputy Commandant Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji Kaduna, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command Apapa Lagos and Chief of Navy Transformation at the Naval Headquarters Abuja before being appointed the Commandant, National Defence College.
The Senior Officer has contributed significantly to the development of the Nigerian Navy and the country at large. He was a member of Presidential Committee that reviewed the National Defence Policy 2015 where he was given letter of commendation by the Honourable Minister of Defence for his meaningful contributions. He also took part in the Conference that reviewed the status of African Integrated Maritime Security Strategy 2050 in South Africa in May 2015 and participated in the Chief of the Naval Staff Annual Conference in Lokoja Nigeria in 2014.
Rear Admiral SI Alade is decorated with the Distinguished Service Star, General Service Star, Staff Course Dagger, Distinguished Fellow of the National Defence College Nigeria, Distinguished Alumnus of National Defence College New Delhi India, Member, Nigerian Institute of Management and Fellow Chartered Institute of Shipping Nigeria. He is married and blessed with 4 children. Rear Admiral Alade’s hobbies include playing golf, researching and socializing.