Andries Putter

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Andries Petrus Putter


VADM Andries Putter.jpg
Nickname(s) Dries
Born (1935-12-02)2 December 1935
Brits, North West
Died 17 July 2014(2014-07-17) (aged 78)
Mossel Bay, South Africa
Allegiance  South Africa
 South Africa
Service/branch  South African Navy
Years of service 1954 – 1990
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held
Relations Gerda Fourie (Wife)

Vice Admiral Andries Petrus Putter SSAS SD MMM (2 December 1935 – 17 July 2014)[1] was a South African military commander who served as Chief of the South African Navy twice, first from 1982 to 1985 and again from 1989 to 1990.[2] He was born in Brits in 1935.[3][4]

Military career[edit]

He joined the Navy in 1954[5] He completed a year’s training at the Saldanha Naval Gymnasium in the same year. He completed a Bachelor of Science Degree through the University of Stellenbosch, as the Military Academy had not yet been established.[5] In 1969 he commanded the SAS Port Elizabeth and became Senior Officer of the Minesweeper Flotilla.[6] In 1982 he was appointed Chief of Naval Staff Operations[4] and in 1985 as the Chief of the Navy.[2]

In 1985 he was appointed as Chief of Defence Intelligence and in 1989 was appointed Chief of the Navy again. He retired from the Navy in 1990. He died at the Bayview Hospital in Mossel Bay on 17 July 2014.

Awards and Decorations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jansen, Julian (July 19, 2014). "Oudhoof van vloot sterf toe hart, niere ingee Saterdag 19 Julie 2014". Die Beeld. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Engelbrecht, Leon (January 21, 2010). "Fact file: Chiefs of the South African Navy". DefenceWeb. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sub-Saharan Africa Report - Google Books". Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  4. ^ a b "Navy Chief retires after 29yrs". Die Burger. 22 March 1989. Archived from the original on 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Gouden, Manny. "A Leader, a Diplomat and a Gentleman". SA Navy. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Glen Syndercombe
Chief of the South African Navy
1989 – 1990
Succeeded by
Lambert Woodburne
Preceded by
Pieter van der Westhuizen
Chief of Staff Intelligence
1985 – 1989
Succeeded by
Witkop Badenhorst
Preceded by
Ronald A. Edwards
Chief of the South African Navy
1982 – 1985
Succeeded by
Glen Syndercombe