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Desmond McCarthy

Admiral Sir (Edward) Desmond (Bewley) McCarthy KCB DSO (1893–1966) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic Station.

Sir Desmond McCarthy
Rear Admiral McCarthy WWII IWM A 25267.jpg
Rear Admiral McCarthy at his desk at the Admiralty
Born 1893
Died 1966
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Ajax
HMS Anson
South Atlantic Station
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Naval careerEdit

Promoted to Captain in 1935,[1] McCarthy served in World War II commanding HMS Ajax from 1940[2] and HMS Anson from 1943, taking part in Operation Tungsten against the German battleship Tirpitz in April 1944,[3] and then becoming Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff in 1944.[4] After the War he was appointed Rear Admiral, Destroyers in the Mediterranean Fleet and then Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic Station from 1948.[4] He retired in 1950.[4]