Frank Twiss

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Sir Frank Twiss
Born (1910-07-07)7 July 1910
Died 27 January 1994(1994-01-27) (aged 83)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1924–1970
Rank Admiral
Commands held Far East Fleet
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Distinguished Service Cross

Admiral Sir Frank Roddam Twiss KCB KCVO DSC (7 July 1910 – 27 January 1994[1]) was a Royal Navy admiral who became Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel. He went on to serve as Black Rod.

Naval career[edit]

Twiss joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1924.[2]

During World War II he was Gunnery Officer of HMS Exeter which was badly damaged during the Second Battle of the Java Sea: Twiss was captured and was a Japanese prisoner of war for three years.[2] Subsequent to World War II he became captain of HMS Ceylon (30)

He was appointed Naval Secretary in 1960 and Flag Officer Flotillas for the Home Fleet in 1962.[2] He went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Far East Fleet in 1965 and Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel in 1967.[2] In that capacity he presided over the abolition of the naval rum ration.[3] He retired in 1970.[2]

In retirement he served as Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod from 1970 to 1978 and was a member of Commonwealth War Graves Commission from 1970 to 1979.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
John Hamilton
Naval Secretary
Succeeded by
John Hayes
Preceded by
Sir Desmond Dreyer
Commander-in-Chief, Far East Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir William O'Brien
Preceded by
Sir Peter Hill-Norton
Second Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew Lewis
Government offices
Preceded by
George Mills
Black Rod
Succeeded by
David House