John Hopkins (Royal Navy officer)
Sir John Hopkins
|Born||13 July 1834|
|Died||29 September 1916(aged 82)|
|Years of service||1848–1899|
|Commands held||HMS Liverpool|
HMS Royal Adelaide
North America and West Indies Station
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath|
Hopkins joined the Royal Navy in 1848. Promoted to Captain in 1867, he commanded successively HMS Liverpool, HMS Narcissus, HMS Royal Adelaide and HMS Temeraire. He became Commander of HMS Excellent, the Gunnery School at Portsmouth, in 1880. In 1881 he became Private Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty and in 1883 he was made Captain-superintendent of Sheerness Dockyard and Director of Heavy Ordnance in 1883. He went on to be Admiral-superintendent of Portsmouth Dockyard in 1886 and Junior Naval Lord and then Third Naval Lord and Controller of the Navy in 1888.
Promoted to Vice Admiral in 1891 Hopkins was appointed Commander-in-Chief, North American and West Indies Station later that year  before being made Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet in 1897 during which tour he hosted a visit to Malta by the Kaisar Wilhelm II. He was a supporter of improvements in gunnery and at this time experimented with a new type of salvo firing. He retired as a full admiral in 1899 and was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 1899 Birthday Honours.
In 1903 he served on the Royal Commission responsible for examining the conduct of the Second Boer War. Hopkins predicted the threat from Zeppelins as the threat of World War I approached and lobbied for investment in aerial defence. He died in 1916.
- William Loney RN
- The Third Montreal Field Battery: Its Origin and Its Services by Lt. Col. A. A. Stevenson
- A Naval Appointment The Melbourne Argus, 15 September 1896
- News and Notes in Brief Evening Post, 1897, Page 2
- 1898 - The German Kaiser in Malta (Michael Galea) Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine German-Maltese Circle
- Naval Firepower: Battleship Guns and Gunnery in the Dreadnought Era By Norman Friedman, A. D. Baker, p. 292
- "No. 27086". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 June 1899. p. 3585.
- The South African War Star, issue 7794, 27 August 1903, Page 2
- Wants $5,000,000 for Aerial Defence; Sir John Hopkins Suggests That England Vote That Sum for Security The New York Times, 6 May 1913
- Sir John Hopkins The New York Times, 1 August 1916
Sir William Graham
| Third Naval Lord and Controller of the Navy
Sir Jackie Fisher
Sir George Watson
| Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station
Sir James Erskine
Sir Michael Culme-Seymour
| Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
Sir John Fisher