Derek Bazalgette

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Derek Bazalgette
Born 22 July 1924
Died 22 July 2007
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1938-1976
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held HMS Aurora
HMS Bulwark
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath

Rear Admiral Derek Willoughby Bazalgette CB (22 July 1924 – 22 July 2007) was a Royal Navy officer who became President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Bazalgette joined the Royal Navy in 1938 and served in World War II with the Arctic convoys.[1] While serving as Second-in-Command of the aircraft carrier HMS Centaur in 1964, he assisted in an operation to deploy 45 Commando in Dar es Salaam where the 1st Battalion Tanganyika Rifles had staged a mutiny.[2] He became Director of Naval Operations at the Ministry of Defence in 1965, Commanding Officer of the frigate HMS Aurora in 1967 and Chief of Staff to the Commander British Forces in Hong Kong in 1970.[1] He went on to be Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier HMS Bulwark in 1972 and President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1974 before retiring in 1976.[1] He died in July 2007.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ a b Obituary: Rear Admiral Derek Bazalgette The Times
Military offices
Preceded by
Edward Ellis
President, Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Succeeded by
Charles Weston