Rear Admiral Alexander J. Burton is a Royal Navy officer who served as Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces and Rear Admiral Surface Ships.

Alexander Burton
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AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1986–2018
RankRear Admiral
Commands heldMaritime Forces
HMS Bulwark
HMS Northumberland
HMS Inverness
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsBronze Star Medal (United States)

Early life and educationEdit

Burton was educated at St Dunstan's College and Durham University.[1]

Naval careerEdit

Burton joined the Royal Navy in 1986. He served as commanding officer of the minehunter HMS Inverness and then as commanding officer of the frigate HMS Northumberland[1] before going on to be Military Assistant to Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence in 2006, Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in 2007 and Head of Operations for North Africa, Middle East and Pakistan in 2008. He was awarded the US Bronze Star Medal on 21 July 2009.[2] After that he became commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock HMS Bulwark in late 2010.[1]

Burton was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations (Maritime Capability) at the Ministry of Defence in September 2012 and Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Ships and Submarines) in October 2014.[3] He became Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces and Rear Admiral Surface Ships in January 2016.[3] It is suggested he handed in his notice in September 2017 as a protest against proposed cuts to the Royal Navy including the axing of both beach-assaulting warships and 1,000 Royal Marines.[4] Burton officially retired on 3 February 2018.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Rear Admiral Alex Burton" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  2. ^ "No. 59133". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 July 2009. p. 12504.
  3. ^ a b "Senior Royal Navy appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  4. ^ Haynes, Deborah (7 October 2017). "Admiral quits navy as budget cuts loom over Marines". The Times. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  5. ^ "No. 62226". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 March 2018. p. 4538.
Military offices
Preceded by Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces
Succeeded by