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Sir David Brown
Born (1927-11-28)November 28, 1927
Died July 13, 2005(2005-07-13) (aged 77)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1945–1985
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Cavendish
HMS Falmouth
HMS Hermione
HMS Bristol
Flag Officer, Plymouth
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Vice Admiral Sir David Worthington Brown KCB (28 November 1927 – 13 July 2005) was a Royal Navy officer who became Flag Officer, Plymouth.

Naval career

Educated in HMS Conway, Brown joined the Royal Navy in June 1945.[1] After commanding four minesweepers, he took over the destroyer HMS Cavendish, then successively the frigates HMS Falmouth and HMS Hermione and finally the destroyer HMS Bristol.[1] He became Director of Naval Operations and Trade in 1971, Director of Officer Appointments (Executive) in 1976 and Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations) in 1980.[1] In this capacity he was responsible for briefing senior naval officers and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the planning for the Falklands War.[2] He went on to be Flag Officer, Plymouth and Admiral Superintendent at Devonport in 1982 before retiring in 1985.[1]

In retirement he became a consultant to the insurance brokers, Hogg Group[1] and Chairman of the Governors of Broadmoor Hospital.[2]


In 1958 he married Etienne Hester Boileau; they had three daughters.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. 2.0 2.1 Obituary: Vice-Admiral Sir David Brown The Telegraph, 21 July 2005
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Simon Cassels
Flag Officer, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Gerken

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