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Admiral Sir Ian Easton KCB DSC (27 November 1917 – 14 June 1989) was a British Royal Navy officer who held various command positions in the 1970s.

Sir Ian Easton
Born27 November 1917[1]
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Died14 June 1989(1989-06-14) (aged 71)[2]
Freshwater, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1931–1978
Commands heldHMAS Watson
HMS Triumph
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Cross

Naval careerEdit

Easton joined the Royal Navy in 1931 and qualified as a pilot at the start of World War II in which he saw active service on aircraft carriers.[3] On 4 January 1941, flying a Fairey Fulmar of 803 Squadron from HMS Formidable during a raid on Dakar he force landed, with his aircrewman Naval Airman James Burkey and was taken prisoner and held by the Vichy French at a camp near Timbuktu until released in November 1942.[4] He was appointed Assistant Director of the Tactical and Weapons Policy Division at the Admiralty in 1960 and was seconded to the Royal Australian Navy as Captain of HMAS Watson in 1962.[3] He went on to be Naval Assistant to the Naval Member of the Templer Committee on Rationalisation of Air Power in 1965, Director of Naval Tactical and Weapons Policy Division at the Admiralty in 1966 and Captain of the aircraft carrier HMS Triumph in 1968.[3] After that he was made Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy) in 1969, Flag Officer for the Admiralty Interview Board in 1971 and Head of British Defence Staff and Senior Defence Attaché in Washington, D.C. in 1973.[3] He last posting was as Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1976: he commissioned armourial bearings for the College which were presented during a visit by the Queen in November 1977.[5] He retired in 1978.[3]


  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
  2. ^ England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1995
  3. ^ a b c d e Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  4. ^ Unit histories
  5. ^ Our coat of arms Ministry of Defence
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Lapsley
Head of the British Defence Staff in Washington, D.C.
Succeeded by
Sir Rollo Pain
Preceded by
Sir John Barraclough
Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies
Succeeded by
Sir David Fraser