After graduating from the Naval Academy of Brest in 1984, Vice-Admiral Pascal Ausseur served in operational positions on surface ships, for more than 15 years especially within the French Aircraft Carrier Group. He was appointed three times as commanding officer: the training ship Jaguar, the frigate (FFG) Commandant l'Herminier and the air defense destroyer (DDGH) Jean Bart.
He took part to numerous operations in the Gulf of Guinea, the Persian-Arabian Gulf, the Mediterranean Sea, the Middle-East and the Indian Ocean, notably through several deployments of the carrier group. In 1995, he was also involved ashore, in the NATO operation Joint Endeavour in former Yougoslavia.
Beside this operational career, he worked for the human resources of the French Navy and was also much involved in political-military and international affairs at the strategic level in the ministry of defense. He was in particular in charge of the Euro-Atlantic area, the UN, the EU and NATO.
He was assigned twice at the Private Office of the Minister of Defense: with minister Hervé Morin as head of the international office “Western World and Asia” and with minister Jean-Yves Le Drian as chief of the military Private Office.
From 2012 to 2014, he was in charge of defense industry cooperation and export for Asia and Pacific at the Direction Générale de l'Armement (Defense procurement and technology agency).
He was promoted Vice-Admiral in August 2015 and took command of the Préfecture Maritime de la Manche et de la Mer du Nord (Channel and North Sea) as Maritime Prefect representing the Government, responsible for all the actions of the State at sea, and commanding the military forces in this area.
In October 2018, he quit the arm forces to take the direction of the FMES institute (Fondation méditerranéenne d’études stratégiques), a think tank based in Toulon dedicated to the issues and prospects of the Euro-Mediterranean region and of its geopolitical environment.
He is “Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur”, “Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite” and has been awarded the “Croix de la Valeur militaire”.
Vice-Admiral Pascal Ausseur is married and father of four children and five grandchildren.