Admiral Sir Nicholas John Streynsham Hunt GCB LVO DL (7 November 1930 – 25 October 2013) was a senior Royal Navy officer. He was Commander-in-Chief Fleet from 1985 to 1987.

Sir Nicholas Hunt
Admiral Sir Nicholas Hunt
Birth nameNicholas John Streynsham Hunt
Born(1930-11-07)7 November 1930
Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales
Died25 October 2013(2013-10-25) (aged 82)
Shere, Surrey, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Commands heldCommander-in-Chief Fleet and Allied Commander-in-Chief Channel and Eastern Atlantic.
Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland
Director-General, Naval Manpower and Training
Flag Officer, Second Flotilla
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order
Spouse(s)Meriel Givan
RelationsJeremy Hunt (son)

Early lifeEdit

Hunt was born on 7 November 1930[1] in Hawarden, Flintshire, the younger son[2] of Brigadier John Montgomerie Hunt of the 5th Battalion, 2nd Punjab Regiment, Indian Army[3] and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Walter Baldwyn Yates CBE.[2] The Hunt family were landed gentry, of Boreatton, Baschurch, Shropshire. A cousin was Agnes Hunt, pioneer of orthopaedic nursing.[4]

Naval careerEdit

Hunt was educated at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.[1] After graduating, he gained a commission in the Royal Navy and was promoted to lieutenant on 31 July 1952.[5] He served as Assistant Private Secretary to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent from 1959[6][7] to 1962.[1] Promoted to lieutenant commander on 17 August 1960,[8] he was posted to the Directorate of Naval Plans at the Ministry of Defence in 1966.[9]

Hunt became executive officer of HMS Ark Royal[6] in 1969 and was then given command of the amphibious warfare ship HMS Intrepid in February 1974[10] before attending the Royal College of Defence Studies later that year.[1] He went on to be Director of Naval Plans at the Ministry of Defence in August 1976[11] and captain of the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in October 1978.[12] Appointed aide-de-camp to the Queen on 7 July 1980[13] (which post he held until 7 January 1981),[14] he became Flag Officer, Second Flotilla in October 1980.[1] He was promoted to rear admiral on 7 January 1981[14] and became Director-General, Naval Manpower and Training in November 1981.[1]

Hunt was promoted to vice admiral on 6 December 1983,[15] on appointment as Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland,[6] and to admiral on 25 June 1985,[16] on appointment as Commander-in-Chief Fleet[6] and Allied Commander-in-Chief Channel and Eastern Atlantic.[1] He retired from the Navy on 26 July 1987.[17]

Later lifeEdit

Hunt was Deputy Managing Director at Eurotunnel from 1987 to 1989[1] and Director-General of the Chamber of Shipping[6] from 1991 to 1997.[1] He also held part-time appointments including Chairman of the South West Surrey District Health Authority from 1990 to 1995,[1] Chairman of Nuffield Hospitals from 1996 to 2001,[1] Commissioner of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission from 1988 to 1992[1] and Chairman of Chatham Historic Dockyard from 1998 to 2005.[18] He also became Chairman of Ferrero UK Ltd in 2005.[1]

Hunt was known to be a strong supporter of the nuclear deterrent[19] and was Chairman of the Royal Navy Club of 1765 & 1785 (United 1889).[20] He became Deputy Lieutenant to the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey on 23 January 1996.[21]

Hunt was appointed Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom in 1994,[22] holding that post until 1997 when he became Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom[23] and Lieutenant of the Admiralty,[1] positions that he held until 2001.[24]

He died at his home on 25 October 2013 at the age of 82.[25]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1966 he married Meriel Eve Givan, daughter of Major Henry C. Givan of the Isle of Wight,[2] formerly of Rangoon.[26] Together they had two sons (the elder of whom is the former Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt)[27] and one daughter.[6]

Awards and decorationsEdit

On 20 July 1961, Hunt was made a Member of the Fourth Class of the Royal Victorian Order.[28] Members of this class were renamed Lieutenants in 1984 and henceforth used the post-nominals LVO. Hunt was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 1985 New Year Honours.[29] He was advanced to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 1987 New Year Honours.[30]

Hunt was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1988.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o HUNT, Adm. Sir Nicholas (John Streynsham). Who's Who 2012. A & C Black. November 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Forthcoming marriages". The Times. 23 September 1965. p. 14.
  3. ^ "Births". The Times. 12 November 1930. p. 1.
  4. ^ Burke's Landed Gentry 1952, 17th edition, ed. L. G. Pine, Burke's Peerage Ltd, p. 1320, Hunt of Boreatton pedigree
  5. ^ "No. 39622". The London Gazette. 12 September 1952. p. 4299.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Debrett's People of Today 1994
  7. ^ "Official Appointments and Notices". The Times. 24 December 1958. p. 8.
  8. ^ "No. 42128". The London Gazette. 26 August 1960. p. 5866.
  9. ^ "Appointments In The Forces". The Times. 9 May 1966. p. 14.
  10. ^ Commanding Officers of Royal Navy Warships Archived 14 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Appointments in the Forces". The Times. 17 May 1976. p. 16.
  12. ^ Senior Royal Navy Appointments Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "No. 48245". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 July 1980. p. 9709.
  14. ^ a b "No. 48490". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 January 1981. p. 459.
  15. ^ "No. 49559". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 December 1983. p. 16119.
  16. ^ "No. 50172". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 June 1985. p. 8667.
  17. ^ "No. 51009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 27 July 1987. p. 9567.
  18. ^ "Dockyard trust chairman to retire". BBC. 25 January 2005. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  19. ^ Nuclear deterrent is vital to global stability The Times, 21 January 2009
  20. ^ The Royal Navy Club of 1765 & 1785 (United 1889)
  21. ^ "No. 54315". The London Gazette. 13 February 1996. p. 2193.
  22. ^ "No. 53552". The London Gazette. 20 January 1994. p. 847.
  23. ^ "No. 54946". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 November 1997. p. 12703.
  24. ^ "No. 56194". The London Gazette. 3 May 2001. p. 5329.
  25. ^ Admiral Sir Nicholas Hunt GCB LVO DL
  26. ^ "Forthcoming marriages". The Times. 20 April 1933. p. 1.
  27. ^ "A cup of tea (and rice wine) secures Chinese bride for dashing Tory". Daily Mail. 3 January 2009.
  28. ^ "No. 42423". The London Gazette. 28 July 1961. p. 5569.
  29. ^ "No. 49969". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1984. p. 2.
  30. ^ "No. 50764". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1986. p. 2.
Military offices
Preceded by
Robert Squires
Flag Officer, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Sir George Vallings
Preceded by
Sir William Staveley
Commander-in-Chief Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Julian Oswald
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir James Eberle
Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Sir Jeremy Black
Preceded by
Sir James Eberle
Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Sir Jeremy Black