Vice Admiral Sir Raymond Shayle Hawkins KCB (21 December 1909 – 18 October 1987) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Fourth Sea Lord.

Sir Raymond Hawkins
Born21 December 1909
Died18 October 1987 (1987-10-19) (aged 77)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
RankVice admiral
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Naval careerEdit

Born on 21 December 1909 and educated at Bedford School, Raymond Hawkins joined the Royal Navy in 1927, serving aboard HMS Iron Duke in 1932 and aboard HMS Resolution in 1933.[1] He served with Submarines between 1935 and 1943, and was promoted to lieutenant commander in 1940.[2] He served aboard HMS Orion in 1943, as assistant naval attaché in Paris in 1954, and as commanding officer of HMS St Vincent in 1957. He was appointed director of marine engineering in 1961[3] and Fourth Sea Lord and Vice Controller of the Navy in 1963.[4] Promoted to vice admiral,[5] his job title changed to Chief of Naval Supplies and Transport and Vice-Controller of the Navy in 1964.[6] He retired in 1967.[7]

In retirement, Sir Raymond Hawkins was appointed director of engineering for English Electric Diesels. He died on 18 October 1987.[8]


  1. ^ "Sir Raymond Shayle Hawkins". Who's Who. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  2. ^ "No. 34998". The London Gazette. 22 November 1940. p. 6695.
  3. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1962
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1964
  5. ^ "No. 43451". The London Gazette. 2 October 1964. p. 8293.
  6. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1965
  7. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1968
  8. ^ Production Engineer January 1971
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Michael Villiers
Fourth Sea Lord and Vice Controller of the Navy
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded
Preceded by
New Post
Chief of Fleet Support
Succeeded by
Sir Francis Turner