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Peter Herbert (Royal Navy officer)

Admiral Sir Peter Geoffrey Marshall Herbert, KCB, OBE (28 February 1929 – 3 May 2019) was a senior Royal Navy officer and former Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.

Sir Peter Herbert
Born(1929-02-28)28 February 1929
Died3 May 2019(2019-05-03) (aged 90)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1949–1984
Commands heldVice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Flag Officer Submarines
Flag Officer, Carriers and Amphibious Ships
Director-General, Naval Manpower and Training
HMS Blake
HMS Valiant
Battles/warsFalklands War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Naval careerEdit

Educated at Dunchurch Hall and the Britannia Royal Naval College, Herbert was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1949.[1] He served in submarines for much of his early career and then became Commander of the nuclear-powered submarine, HMS Valiant, in 1963.[1]

He was made Commanding Officer of the cruiser HMS Blake in 1974, and then Deputy Chief of the Polaris Executive in 1976.[1] He went on to be Flag Officer, Carriers and Amphibious Ships in 1978 and Director-General, Naval Manpower and Training in 1980.[1]

He was appointed Flag Officer Submarines and Commander, Submarines, Eastern Atlantic Area in 1981 and in that role took part in the Falklands War.[2] He became Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff in 1983.[1]

In retirement he became a Non-Executive Director of Radamec Group plc.[3]

He died on 3 May 2019 at the age of 90.[4]


In 1953, he married Anne Maureen McKeown (died 11 January 2012) and they went on to have one son and one daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Debretts People of Today 1994
  2. ^ The Falklands conflict twenty years on: lessons for the future By Stephen Badsey, Page 87 Routledge, 2004, ISBN 978-0-415-35030-3
  3. ^ Radamec Group PLC
  4. ^ Herbert
Military offices
Preceded by
Robert Squires
Flag Officer Submarines
Succeeded by
Sir John Woodward
Preceded by
Sir David Evans
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Harding