John Eaton (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir John Eaton
Born 1902
Died 1981
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1916 - 1958
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Venetia
HMS Mohawk
HMS Somali
HMS Eskimo
HMS Sheffield
HMS St Vincent
HM Australian Fleet
Reserve Fleet
Commander-in-Chief, America and West Indies Station
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Vice Admiral Sir John William Musgrave Eaton KBE CB DSO DSC (1902–1981) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief America and West Indies Station.

Naval career[edit]

Eaton joined the Royal Navy in 1916 and served in World War I.[1] After the War he served in destroyers and then in submarines.[1]

He served in World War II he commanded the destroyers HMS Venetia, HMS Mohawk, HMS Somali and HMS Eskimo.[1]

After the War he became Captain of the cruiser HMS Sheffield and then Captain of the training school HMS St Vincent.[1] He was appointed Director at the Royal Navy Staff College, Greenwich in 1949, Flag Officer commanding HM Australian Fleet in 1951 and Flag Officer commanding the Reserve Fleet in 1954.[1] His last appointment was as Commander-in-Chief, America and West Indies Station and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic in 1955; he took part in Operation Strikeback (a major NATO training exercise) in 1957 and retired in 1958.[1]

His life is commemorated by an inscription at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Kelvedon in Essex.[2]

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Ian Campbell
Commander-in-Chief, Reserve Fleet
1954–1955
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Cazalet
Preceded by
Sir John Stevens
Commander-in-Chief, America and West Indies Station
1955–1956
Succeeded by
Sir Wilfrid Woods
As Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic