Anthony Griffin (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Anthony Griffin
Born 24 November 1920
Peshawar, Pakistan
Died 16 October 1996 (1996-10-17) (aged 75)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1934 – 1975
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Ark Royal
Flag Officer, Plymouth
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Anthony Templer Frederick Griffith Griffin GCB (24 November 1920 – 16 October 1996) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Controller of the Navy.

Naval career[edit]

Griffin joined the Royal Navy in 1934.[1] He served in World War II and was on board the SS Britannia when she was sunk by a German raider.[2] In 1964 he was given command of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal and in 1966 he took over as Naval Secretary.[1] He was made Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Warfare) later in 1966, Second in Command of the Far East Fleet in 1968 and Flag Officer, Plymouth and Admiral Superintendent at Devonport in 1969.[1] He went on to be Controller of the Navy in 1971 before retiring in 1975.[1]

In retirement he became Chairman of British Shipbuilders.[2]


In 1943, he married Rosemary Hickling; they had two sons and one daughter.[2] Lady Griffin died in 2015.[3]


Military offices
Preceded by
William O’Brien
Naval Secretary
January 1966–March 1966
Succeeded by
Gervaise Cooke
Preceded by
Sir John Roxburgh
Flag Officer, Plymouth
Succeeded by
Sir Rae McKaig
Preceded by
Sir Michael Pollock
Controller of the Navy
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Clayton
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Derek Empson
Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom
November 1986–October 1988
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Morton
Preceded by
Sir Derek Empson
Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom
October 1988–November 1988
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Morton