Jerry Kyd

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Jerry Kyd
Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd, 2019.jpg
Vice-Admiral Kyd, March 2019
Born (1967-08-14) 14 August 1967 (age 52)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1985–present
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldFleet
United Kingdom Maritime Forces
HMS Queen Elizabeth
United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group
Response Force Task Group
Britannia Royal Naval College
HMS Illustrious
HMS Ark Royal
HMS Monmouth
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire
HMS Queen Elizabeth being launched in July 2014

Vice Admiral Jeremy Paul Kyd, CBE (born August 1967)[1][2] is a Royal Navy officer.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at King's School, Macclesfield[3] and the University of Southampton, Kyd was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 20 October 1990.[4] He was given command of the frigate HMS Monmouth in 2004. Promoted to captain on 2 November 2009,[5] he became commanding officer of HMS Ark Royal in September 2010,[6] commanding officer of HMS Illustrious in 2011 and commanding officer of the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in September 2012.[7][8]

Kyd became the first captain of the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth as well as Commander United Kingdom Task Group in February 2014.[9][10] As commanding officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth, he routinely wore the Royal Navy rank of captain while retaining the substantive rank of commodore, following historical custom.[11] He became Commander United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group in February 2015.[12]

Kyd was appointed as Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces and Rear Admiral Surface Ships in October 2018 and promoted to rear admiral on 19 November 2018.[12][13] In March 2019, Kyd was promoted to the substantive rank of vice admiral and took up the appointment of Fleet Commander.[14][15]

Kyd was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours.[16]


  1. ^ "Jeremy Paul Kyd". Companies House. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Royal Navy Appoints New Senior Officers". Forces News. 18 February 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Former King's Pupil is Captain of New HMS Queen Elizabeth II". King's School, Macclesfield. 12 December 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  4. ^ "No. 52353". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 December 1990. p. 18701.
  5. ^ "No. 59270". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 December 2009. p. 21693.
  6. ^ Bannister, Sam (3 July 2014). "Captain: HMS Queen Elizabeth is 'the start of a new era of British sea power'". The News. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Captain Jerry Kyd – Commodore Britannia Royal Naval College 2012–2014". By The Dart. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Jerry takes his final salute at college". Herald Express. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Royal Navy Appoints first captain of HMS Queen Elizabeth". Royal Navy. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  10. ^ "First captain of Navy's new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth announced". Navy News. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  11. ^ "HMS Queen Elizabeth". Royal Navy. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  12. ^ a b "Senior Royal Navy Appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  13. ^ "No. 62472". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 November 2018. p. 21010.
  14. ^ "Royal Navy Appoints New Senior Officers". 18 February 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  15. ^ "No. 62610". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 April 2019. p. 6430.
  16. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B5.
Military offices
Preceded by
Paul Bennett
Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces
Succeeded by
Andrew Burns
Preceded by
Ben Key
Fleet Commander