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Vice Admiral Malcolm Graham Rutherford CBE (21 March 1941 – 6 June 1997) was a Royal Navy officer who became Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability).

Malcolm Rutherford
Born21 March 1941
Died6 June 1997 (aged 56)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
RankVice Admiral
Battles/warsGulf War
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire

Naval careerEdit

Educated at New College School, Gordonstoun and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Rutherford joined the Royal Navy in 1959.[1] Promoted to Captain in 1984, he was appointed Weapon Systems Director for the Upholder class of submarines and then Commander of the Weapon Engineering Training Establishment HMS Collingwood.[1] Promoted to Commodore in 1990, he became Director of Personnel at the Ministry of Defence and was awarded the CBE for his service during the Gulf War.[2]

Following promotion to Rear Admiral, he was made Naval Secretary in 1992[1] and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability) in 1994 as Vice Admiral.[3] He retired in 1995[3] and died in 1997.[4]


He was married to Fleur, and they had two children.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Defence & Aerospace Archived 25 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Department of Business, Innovation & Skills
  2. ^ "No. 52588". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 June 1991. p. 23.
  3. ^ a b Ministry of Defence Senior Posts Archived 17 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Alpine Journal: In Memoriam
  5. ^ Alpine Journal
Military offices
Preceded by
Christopher Morgan
Naval Secretary
Succeeded by
Alan West
Preceded by
Sir Roger Austin
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability)
Succeeded by
Sir John Dunt