Commander Ainsley D Neil
Commander (Cdr) Ainsley Dujohn Neil joined the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) on the 12th June 1996. He attended the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, England in 1997 and was awarded Admiralty Binoculars for being the most outstanding International Young Officer for the graduating class of December 1998. Cdr Neil attended various military courses to include: International Maritime Officers’ Course (USA 1998), Maritime Law Enforcement Boarding Officers’ Course (USA 1998), Prospective CO/XO/ Crisis Commander Course (USA 2001), Instructor Development Course (USA 2002), Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Level III Course ( 2002), the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff Course (Jamaica 2004), Surface Warfare Officer – Advanced Diesel Course (2004), Qualified ommanding Officer – Her Majesty Jamaica Ships ( Jamaica 2007), Senior Staff Officers (USA 2010) and International Training Center’s (NITC) International Anti- Terrorism and Anti- Piracy (IATP) course, Pensacola (USA 2016).
Cdr Neil served within the JDF Coast Guard, holding many appointments such as: Unit’s Fire and Security Officer, Weapons Officer, Units’ Sports Officer, Assistant Operations and Communications Officer and has also served as a Training Officer. He later became the Commanding Officer HMJS PAUL BOUGLE and MIDDLESEX, Officer Commanding Marine Workshop.
Cdr Neil also served within the JDF Air Wing as the Executive Officer and (2i/c) before serving as the first Commanding Officer for the Directorate of Training and Doctrine and first Commandant for the Caribbean Military Academy.
Cdr Neil holds a Master of Science degree in National Security and Strategic Studies to include a Diploma with main focus in International Law, Joint Maritime Operations, National Security Decision Making and Strategy and Policy.
Cdr Neil has been awarded Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service in the JDF, Medal of Honour for General Service with CLASP “Jamaica 2018”, Admiralty Binoculars (UK), the symbol ‘pjsc’ having successfully completed the Caribbean Junior Command and Staff Course (Jamaica) and the symbol ‘psc’ having successfully completed the United States Naval Staff Course (USA).