|Years of service||1986–2018|
|Commands held||Maritime Forces|
|Awards||Bronze Star Medal (United States)|
Early life and education
Burton joined the Royal Navy in 1986. He served as commanding officer of the minehunter HMS Inverness and then as commanding officer of the frigate HMS Northumberland before going on to be Military Assistant to Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence in 2006, Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in 2007 and Head of Operations for North Africa, Middle East and Pakistan in 2008. He was awarded the US Bronze Star Medal on 21 July 2009. After that he became commanding officer of the amphibious transport dock HMS Bulwark in late 2010.
Burton was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations (Maritime Capability) at the Ministry of Defence in September 2012 and Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Ships and Submarines) in October 2014. He became Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces in January 2016. He handed in his notice in September 2017 as a protest against proposed cuts to the Royal Navy including the axing of both beach-assaulting warships and 1,000 Royal Marines. Burton officially retired on 3 February 2018.
- "Rear Admiral Alex Burton" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
- "No. 59133". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 July 2009. p. 12504.
- "Senior Royal Navy appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- Haynes, Deborah (7 October 2017). "Admiral quits navy as budget cuts loom over Marines". The Times. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
- "No. 62226". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 March 2018. p. 4538.
| Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces