Alan Beaumont

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Admiral
Alan Lee Beaumont
AC RAN
Born (1934-12-24)24 December 1934
Newcastle, New South Wales
Died 21 September 2004(2004-09-21) (aged 69)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Allegiance Australia Commonwealth of Australia
Service/branch Naval Ensign of Australia.svg Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1948–1995 (47 years)
Rank Generic-Navy-O11.svg Admiral
Commands held Chief of the Defence Force
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
HMAS Vampire
HMAS Yarra
HMAS Ibis
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Companion of the Order of Australia
Other work President of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of the ACT

Admiral Alan Lee Beaumont AC RAN (24 December 1934 – 21 September 2004) was a senior officer within the Royal Australian Navy, eventually serving as Chief of the Australian Defence Force from 1993 until 1995.

Early life[edit]

Alan Lee Beaumont was born on 24 December 1934 in Newcastle, New South Wales. He was educated at Boolaroo Public School and Newcastle Technical High School.[1]

Military career[edit]

Beaumont joined the Royal Australian Naval College in 1948, graduating in 1951.

He trained with the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy before being promoted to Lieutenant in 1956. He completed a Torpedo Anti-Submarine specialist course with the Royal Navy between 1959 and 1960, and later served periods of exchange service with the Royal Navy and United States Navy as a specialist in the field.

As a Lieutenant Commander, Beaumont served as Executive Officer on HMAS Brisbane during a seven-month Vietnam War tour in 1969.[2] He was promoted to Commander for his service in this position, and posted as Officer-in-Charge HMAS Watson.

Beaumont commanded HMAS Ibis in 1962, HMAS Yarra between 1972 and 1973, and HMAS Vampire between 1978 and 1979.

Staff postings in Canberra followed, including Director of Underwater Weapons, Follow-on Destroyer Project Officer, Director of Naval Plans, Director General Naval Plans and Policy and President of Officers Selection Boards. For his service as Director of Naval Plans, Beaumont was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours list of 1982.[3]

Beaumont was appointed Chief of Staff to the Flag Officer Naval Support Command in January 1987, later being promoted to rear admiral in June and assuming the duties of Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Development). He was appointed to the post of Assistant Chief of the Defence Force (Personnel) on 5 December 1988, and appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honours list.[4]

Promoted to vice admiral on 11 September 1989, Beaumont assumed the appointment of Vice Chief of the Defence Force, serving in this position until October 1992. For his distinguished command in this position, Beaumont was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the Australia Day Honours List of 1992, becoming the first person to receive three awards in the Order of Australia.[citation needed][5]

He was promoted to admiral on 17 April 1993 and commenced his appointment as Chief of the Defence Force. Admiral Beaumont retired from the Royal Australian Navy on 6 July 1995.

Later life[edit]

Between 2000 and 2003, Beaumont served as President of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of the ACT.

He died on 21 September 2004, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his second wife, Justine, and four children from a previous marriage to Noreen, who had widowed him.[1]

Honours and awards[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 ribbon.png

Vietnam Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 ribbon.png Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png DFSM with Fed Star.png

National Medal with Rosette x 2.png Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon.png Noribbon.png Noribbon.png

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) (1992)[5][6]
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) (1989)[4][6]
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) (1982)[3][6]
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975 With 1 clasp[6]
Vietnam Medal ribbon.png Vietnam Medal [6]
Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 ribbon.png Australian Service Medal 1945–1975 With 1 clasp[6]
Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Centenary Medal 2001[7][6]
DFSM with Fed Star.png Defence Force Service Medal with Federation Star (5 clasps) (40–44 years service)[6]
National Medal with Rosette x 2.png National Medal with 2 clasps [8][9][6]
Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon.png Vietnam Campaign Medal [6]
Noribbon.png Unidentified Foreign Cross [6]
Noribbon.png Unidentified Foreign Cross [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Funeral Service for Adm Beaumont". Defence ALERT: MECC 217/04. Australian Department of Defence. 27 September 2004.  - Includes a biography.
  2. ^ Vietnam War Nominal Roll
  3. ^ a b "Member of the Order of Australia (AM)". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 26 January 1982. 
  4. ^ a b "Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)". It's an Honour. Australian Government. June 1989. 
  5. ^ a b "Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 26 January 1992. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Farewell to Admiral". Navy : The Sailors' paper 47 (18). Australian Navy. 7 October 2004. 
  7. ^ "Centenary Medal". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 1 January 2001. 
  8. ^ "National Medal". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 14 July 1977. 
  9. ^ "National Medal (1st Clasp)". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 22 February 1978. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
General Peter Gration
Chief of the Defence Force
1993–1995
Succeeded by
General John Baker
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Ian Knox
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
1989–1992
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General John Baker