It is very much a team effort here and working to support operational units worldwide as part of a small team has been great.

Petty Officer Toby Casstles

He is a natural interlocutor who has reached out to military, civilian and international partners, to enhance relationships and glean knowledge to inform his analysis with the resulting assessments informing a wide variety of customers ranging from the tactical to the strategic level.

He was also instrumental in establishing the MIFC IA4 team, which focuses on Far East and Pacific activity, critical within the programme to reinvigorate the RN’s Carrier Strike capability.

Outside of his core role, Toby is also an exemplary Senior Rating. As the MIFC Office Manager he has ensured that all activity has run smoothly and in a timely manner, also delivering faultlessly as the Motor Transport Officer, Security Officer and Divisional Senior Rating.

To seal what was an outstanding year for Toby, he also passed the Naval Intelligence Aptitude Board and the Admiralty Interview Board.

His subsequent selection for training at The Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in 2018, will fulfil his ambition of becoming an Intelligence Officer.

Speaking of his award Toby said “This has been my first experience working out of source branch and not in an operational role at sea.

“I have enjoyed the change in environment, different challenges and opportunities. It is very much a team effort here and working to support operational units worldwide as part of a small team has been great.

“I’m glad I’ve been able to play my part within the unit over 2017 and I’m looking forward to my remaining time here, building on the experience and skills I’ve learned so far.”

MIXG Develops, Delivers, Force Generates and Operates maritime intelligence capabilities for Navy Command, the Joint Commander, and Allies.

It comprises a headquarters element and a number of discrete subunits engaged in the planning, collection, processing, exploitation, and dissemination of intelligence.

MIXG effort is directed by Commander Operations (COMOPS) via the Maritime Operations Centre at Northwood, or from the Information Warfare (IW) Division within Navy Command Headquarters on Whale Island, Portsmouth. MIXG HQ is located in Leydene Building, HMS Collingwood.

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