Frederick Dean (SA Navy)

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Frederick John Dean
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Born (1900-09-01)1 September 1900[1]:59
Died 13 October 1983(1983-10-13) (aged 83)
Service/branch  South African Navy
Commands held
Awards Ribbon - British Empire Medal (Military).png Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Commodore Frederick Dean OBE (1900–1983) was a South African military commander.

Military Career[edit]

During World War I he served with the Mercantile Marine,[clarification needed] attached to the Royal Navy. He became a sub-lieutenant in the RNR and served in submarines. He joined the South African arm of the RNVR as a lieutenant.

In 1940 he became Officer Commanding of HMSAS Southern Barrier,[2] sweeping the Agulhas Bank, which earned him an OBE.[1]:5

From 1942 he was Commanding Officer, Cape Town Detachment, Seaward Defence Force. In 1945 he became Commander Seaward Defences, South African Naval Forces, effectively the head of the South African Navy.

Later career[edit]

He was a trustee of the National War Museum from 1946 to 1952.

Awards and Decorations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452–1992. Fortress Publishers. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. ^ Houterman, J.N. "South African Naval Forces (Voluntary) (SANF(V) Officers 1939-1945". Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
Military offices
Preceded by
James Dalgleish
Director, South African Naval Forces
1946 – 1951
Pieter de Waal