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Sir Peter Woodhead
Born (1939-07-30)July 30, 1939
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1962 - 1994
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Jupiter
HMS Rhyl
HMS Illustrious
2nd Flotilla
1st Flotilla
Battles/wars Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Vice Admiral Sir (Anthony) Peter Woodhead KCB (born 30 July 1939) is a former Royal Navy officer who became Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic.

Naval career

Educated at Leeds Grammar School, HMS Conway and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Woodhead joined the Royal Navy in 1962.[1] He served in the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation in the 1960s and was given command of the frigates HMS Jupiter in 1974 and HMS Rhyl in 1975.[1] He was appointed Director of Naval Operations in 1985, Commander of the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious in 1986 and Flag Officer 2nd Flotilla in 1988.[1] He went on to be Flag Officer 1st Flotilla in 1989 and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic in 1991 before retiring in 1994.[2]

In retirement he became Prisons Ombudsman.[3]


In 1964 he married Carol; they have one son and one daughter.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. Whitaker's Almanack 1995
  3. Jail watchdog threatens to quit The Independent, 25 February 1996
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir James Weatherall
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Abbott

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