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Sir Peter Abbott
Born (1942-02-12)12 February 1942
Died 28 September 2015(2015-09-28) (aged 73)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1964–2001
Rank Admiral
Commands held Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Commander-in-Chief Fleet
HMS Ajax
HMS Ambuscade
HMS Chawton
Battles/wars Falklands War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Other work Commissioner of Commonwealth War Graves

Admiral Sir Peter Charles Abbott GBE KCB (12 February 1942 – 28 September 2015) was a Royal Navy officer and Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.

Early life

Abbott was born on 12 February 1942.[1] He was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge.[2]

Military career

Abbott was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1964.[3] He commanded the minesweeper, HMS Chawton, from 1972 to 1975 and then joined the staff of the Senior Naval Officer in the West Indies.[3]

He commanded the frigate, HMS Ambuscade, from 1976 to 1980 when he was made second-in-command of the aircraft carrier, HMS Bulwark.[3]

He was the Chief of Defence Staff's briefer during the Falklands War in 1982.[3] He then commanded the frigate, HMS Ajax and the First Frigate Squadron from 1983 to 1985.[3]

He became Director of Navy Plans in 1985 and, having been promoted to Rear Admiral, he was appointed Flag Officer Second Flotilla in 1989.[3] He was made Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff in 1991 and, having been promoted to Vice Admiral, was appointed Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic in 1993.[3] He became Commander-in-Chief Fleet and promoted to Admiral in 1995 and Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff in 1997.[3]

In retirement he was made Chairman of the Trustees of the Royal Naval Museum.[4] He is also President of MSSC, governing charity of the Marine Society and the Sea Cadets.[5]

Death

He died of cancer on 28 September 2015.[6]

Honours and decorations

Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png

Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Us legion of merit officer rib.png

Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) 1999
Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) 1994
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal 1977
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
Us legion of merit officer rib.png Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)

References

  1. "Abbott, Adm. Sir Peter (Charles)". Who's who 1998 : an annual biographical dictionary. New York: St. Martin's Press. 1998. ISBN 0312175914. 
  2. Queens' College e-bulletin for the 1960 Anniversary Celebration Invitation Dinner
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Admiral Sir Peter Abbott Debretts
  4. Royal Naval Museum
  5. MSSC - Who's who
  6. "Abbott". The Telegraph. 4 October 2015. http://announcements.telegraph.co.uk/deaths/195169/abbott. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Hugo White
Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff
1991–1993
Succeeded by
John Brigstocke
Preceded by
Sir Peter Woodhead
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic
1993–1995
Succeeded by
Sir Ian Garnett
Preceded by
Sir Hugo White
Commander-in-Chief Fleet
1995–1997
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Boyce
Preceded by
Sir John Willis
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
1997–2001
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Bagnall
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir Patrick Hine
King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire
2011–Present
Incumbent

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