Peter Herbert (Royal Navy officer)

Sir Peter Herbert
Born (1929-02-28) 28 February 1929
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1949–1984
Rank Admiral
Commands held Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Flag Officer Submarines
HMS Blake
HMS Valiant
Battles/wars Falklands War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Admiral Sir Peter Geoffrey Marshall Herbert KCB, OBE (born 28 February 1929) is a retired senior Royal Navy officer and former Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.

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 of Naval Manpower & Training in 1980.[1]

He was appointed Flag Officer Submarines and Commander Submarine Area Eastern Atlantic 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]


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


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
Title next held by
Sir Patrick Hine
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