Born in 1960 Commander Lofstad grew up outside Oslo, Norway where the proximity of the Oslo Fjord from early on pointed him towards a maritime profession. He graduated from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in 1988 and embarked on a career as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer . He has a total of 10 years at-sea service in Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) Fast Patrol Boats, Frigates and Coast Guard Cutters. Operations areas primarily the Norwegian Coast, the North Sea, Barents Sea and North Atlantic.
Following and in-between sea-duty CDR Lofstad spent a period in the RNoN Training Establishment as an instructor, before moving on to the Navy Staff where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the Norwegian Task Group operational concept. This included periods embarked in RNoN and Allied command ships as Chief of Staff. CDR Lofstad also spent two years as a project officer supporting the RNoN Logistic Service in the procurement of the Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates. In 2012 he moved on to the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence where he was responsible for to the naval contribution to the 2016 Defence White Paper.
CDR Lofstad completed the Defence Staff College in 2003 and the Defence Staff College Executive Course in 2013.
CDR Lofstad has since 2016 had the position as Director of the NATO Shipping Centre in NATO’s Maritime Command (MARCOM) in Northwood HQ outside London. He resides there with his spouse and grown-up children commuting to and from Norway.
During his contribution as keynote speaker at the 2018 Interferry Conference CDR Lofstad intends to touch upon following topics:
- MARCOM and the NATO Shipping Centre mission and functionality
- The Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) Doctrine
- NATO/MARCOM Security Priorities and Concerns
- NATO Operation Sea Guardian as an example of a Maritime Security Operation.