John Coward (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir John Coward
Born 11 October 1937
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1958 - 1994
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Brilliant
First Flotilla
Battles/wars Falklands War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Vice Admiral Sir John Francis Coward KCB DSO (born 11 October 1937) is a former Royal Navy officer who became Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Naval career[edit]

Coward joined the Royal Navy in 1958.[1] He served in the Falklands War in 1982 as Captain of HMS Brilliant.[2] He was appointed Flag Officer Sea Training in 1987,[3] Flag Officer, First Flotilla in 1988[4] and Flag Officer Submarines and Commander of the Eastern Atlantic Submarine Area in 1990.[5] He became Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1992 and retired in 1994.[2]

In retirement he became Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey.[6]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 41831. p. 6138. 29 September 1959. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
  2. ^ a b Buckingham Covers.
  3. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1988
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1989
  5. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1991
  6. ^ Guernsey man's service to the Queen rewarded BBC News, 31 December 2010
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Walker
Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies
Succeeded by
Sir Timothy Garden
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Michael Wilkins
Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Succeeded by
Sir John Foley