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Taipalus, Veijo Yrjö Ilmari

Vice Admiral

Position

Commander of the Finnish Navy

Date and place of birth

17 December 1958 in Kauhajoki

Family

Spouse Irmeli Kurikka, two daughters

Career

  • Instruction Officer Vaasa Coastal Battalion 1984 – 1986
  • Unit CO Vaasa Coastal Battalion 1986 – 1989
  • Cadet Course Leader, Coastal Artillery School 1989 – 1991
  • Captain Course Leader Coastal Artillery School/Suomenlinna Coastal Regiment 1993 – 1994
  • Staff Officer and Senior Staff Officer, Defence Policy Department MoD 1994 – 1998
  • Staff Officer, Defence Staff Operations Division 1998 – 2000
  • Military Attaché, Oslo and Copenhagen 2000 – 2003
  • Chief of Planning, Naval HQ Operations Division 2003 – 2004
  • CO, Kotka Coastal Command 2004 – 2006
  • Chief of Staff, Archipelago Sea Naval Command 2007
  • Head of the Postgraduate Degree Division, NDU 2008 – 2010
  • Commandant, Naval Academy 2011
  • Chief of Staff Navy Command Finland 2011 – 2013
  • Rector of the National Defence University 2013–2015
  • Commander of the Finnish Navy 1.1.2016 –

Promotions

  • Lieutenant 1984
  • Ist Lieutenant 1986
  • Captain 1990
  • Lieutenant Commander 1993
  • Commander 2001
  • Captain (Navy) 2007
  • Commodore 2011
  • Rear Admiral 2014
  • Vice Admiral 2016

Decorations

  • Medal for Military Merits 1998
  • Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland 2000
  • National Defence Medal 2000
  • Knight, First Class, of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit 2000
  • Medal of Merit, Coastal Defence 2004
  • Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland 2010
  • Medal of Merit, First Class, Officers' Union 2011
  • Government Badge of Merit 2012
  • Cross of Merit of the Blue Reserve 2013
  • Cross of Merit of the Border Guard 2014
  • Commander of the Swedish Order of the Polar Star 2015
  • Cross of Merit of the Navy, with swords 2015
  • National Defence Medal, with swords 2016
  • Medal of Military Merit, Officer Cadet Corps 2016
  • Golden Cross of Merit, Finnish Reservists' Association 2016
  • Order of the White Rose of Finland, Commander First Class 2018

Languages

Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, English