Commodore Ole Morten SANDQUIST was born 1966 in Bergen, Norway.
Commodore Sandquist joined the Royal Norwegian Navy in August 1985. He graduated from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in 1992. In 2006 he was selected for the Advanced Command and Staff College in Shrivenham, UK (ACSC 10) where he graduated in 2007. Sandquist graduated from US Naval Command College (NCC) in Newport, Rhode Island in 2011. He holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) International Relations and National Security Studies from Kings College University of London.
His initial at-sea assignments were aboard SLEIPNER class corvettes and KOBBEN-class submarines. Following graduation from the Naval Academy, his operational assignments include service as Communications officer and later as Navigation officer on several of the Oslo-class frigates.
At sea, following his PWO course in 1997, he has served as both an Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Operations Officer aboard the Norwegian frigates TRONDHEIM and NARVIK. Sandquist has several deployments in the Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT). He was appointed as Operations Officer on the first FRIDTJOF NANSEN Class frigate from 2004 until 2006.
Sandquist first ship command was HNoMS FRIDTOF NANSEN. His three years in command included test and evaluation of the First of Class ship, Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) in the UK, and a six-month Counter Piracy deployment to the Horn of Africa as a part of EUNAVFOR Operation "ATALANTA”.
Ashore, Sandquist served as a projects officer to the New Norwegian Frigate Program (P6088). In 2011, following NCC he was promoted to Captain (Navy) and assigned to the National Joint Headquarter as Chief of the Naval Operations division.
Sandquist was promoted to Commodore (OF-6) and appointed Commander Norwegian Fleet and Commander to the Norwegian Task Group in April 2015. Commodore Sandquist took the command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group ONE on 14th January 2017.
Commodore Sandquist is married to Inger. They have 2 children and live in Bergen, Norway.