Benjamin Bathurst (Royal Navy officer)

Sir Benjamin Bathurst
Born (1936-05-27) 27 May 1936 (age 81)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1953-1995
RankAdmiral of the Fleet
Commands held First Sea Lord
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Commander-in-Chief Fleet
Second Flotilla
5th Frigate Squadron
HMS Ariadne
819 Naval Air Squadron
Battles/warsBosnian War
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath


Admiral from the Fleet Sir David Benjamin Bathurst GCB, DL (given birth to 27 Might 1936) is a past Royal Navy official. After training like a pilot and qualifying like a helicopter trainer, Bathurst commanded a Naval Atmosphere Squadron and two frigates before attaining higher control in the Navy. He offered as First Ocean Lord and Main from the Naval Personnel from 1993 to 1995: for the reason that capability he recommended the British Authorities for the deployment of Naval Support including Ocean Harriers through the Bosnian War.

Early life

Bathurst may be the boy of Peter Bathurst and his wife Woman Elizabeth Ann Bathurst (née Temple-Gore-Langton). Generally known by his middle name of Benjamin, Bathurst was informed at Eton as well as the Royal Naval University, Dartmouth.

Naval career

Bathurst joined the Royal Navy like a cadet in 1953 and became a midshipman about 1 Sept 1955. During his early profession he offered in the minesweeper HMS Woolaston and, pursuing advertising to sub-lieutenant on 1 January 1957 also to lieutenant on 1 Feb 1959, he certified like a pilot in 1960. He following offered in the ship's trip for the destroyer HMS Devonshire and qualified like a helicopter trainer in 1964. He offered as an exchange official using the Royal Australian Navy in 1965 and, pursuing advertising to lieutenant commander on 1 Feb 1967, he became older pilot of 820 Naval Atmosphere Squadron for the airplane carrier HMS Eagle. He was presented with order of 819 Naval Atmosphere Squadron in Feb 1969 and joined up with the Directorate of Naval Recruiting on the Ministry of Defence in early 1970. Promoted to commander on 30 June 1970, he became professional officer over the destroyer HMS Norfolk in Feb 1971. He became a member of the Directorate of Naval Surroundings Warfare on the Ministry of Defence in Feb 1973.Marketed to captain in 31 Dec 1974, Bathurst had taken command of the Leander course frigate, HMS Ariadne in March 1975. He became Naval Helper towards the First Ocean Lord in-may 1976 and Commanding Official of HMS Minerva aswell as Captain from the 5th Frigate Squadron in Sept 1978. He went to the Royal University of Defence Research in 1981 and became Movie director of Naval Surroundings Warfare on the Ministry of Defence in January 1982.Promoted to back admiral on 10 Oct 1983, on appointment as Flag Official Second Flotilla, Bathurst continued to be Movie director General Naval Manpower and Schooling on the Ministry of Defence in-may 1985. He was marketed to vice admiral on 22 Dec 1986, on session as Key of Fleet Support. He was appointed a Knight Commander from the Order from the Shower in the 1987 Birthday Honours, and marketed to complete admiral on 21 Apr 1989, on session as Commander-in-Chief Fleet which also transported with it the NATO consultations of Commander-in-Chief, Route and Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Atlantic. Advanced to Knight Grand Combination from the Order from the Shower in the 1991 New Calendar year Honours, he became Vice-Chief from the Defence Personnel in March 1991 and Initial Ocean Lord and Key of Naval Personnel in March 1993. As First Ocean Lord he suggested the British Federal government over the deployment of Naval Support including Ocean Harriers through the Bosnian Battle. He was marketed Admiral from the Fleet on 10 July 1995 on his pension.

Later career

In retirement Bathurst became a nonexecutive Director of United kingdom International Helicopters. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset on 27 August 1996 and became Vice-Lord Lieutenant on 18 Feb 1999. He's a younger sibling of Trinity Home and a Liveryman of Guild of Atmosphere Pilots and Atmosphere Navigators. His passions include gardening, capturing and fishing.


Bathurst married Sarah Christian Pandora Peto, child of Main John Peto and granddaughter of Sir Basil Peto, 1st Baronet, in 1959. They possess one child (Major-General Benjamin Bathurst CBE) and three daughters.


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