Derek Empson

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Sir Derek Empson
Born (1918-10-29)29 October 1918
Sleaford, England[1]
Died September 1997 (aged 78)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1940 – 1975
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Eagle
Far East Fleet
Naval Home Command
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Leslie Derek Empson GBE KCB (29 October 1918 – September 1997) was Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at Eastbourne College,[2] Empson joined the Royal Navy as a pilot 1940.[3] He served in the Fleet Air Arm during World War II.[3]

He was appointed Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord in 1957 and then became Commanding Officer of HMS Eagle in 1963.[3] He went on to be Flag Officer Aircraft Carriers in 1967 and then Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations and Air) in 1968.[3] He was made Commander-in-Chief, Far East Fleet in 1969 and Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel in 1971.[3] Finally he became Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command and Flag Officer Portsmouth Area in 1974.[3] He retired in 1975.[3]

In retirement he worked as a consultant for EMI.[4] He also held the posts of Rear-Admiral and then Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom.

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Sir William O'Brien
Commander-in-Chief, Far East Fleet
1969–1971
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Troup
Preceded by
Sir Andrew Lewis
Second Sea Lord
1971–1974
Succeeded by
Sir David Williams
Preceded by
Sir Andrew Lewis
Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command
1974–1975
Succeeded by
Sir Terence Lewin
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir William O'Brien
Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom
1984–1986
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Griffin
Preceded by
Sir William O'Brien
Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom
1986–1988
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Griffin