John Graham Hamilton

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Sir John Hamilton
Fleet Admiral John Graham Hamilton 1966-05-05.jpg
Admiral John Hamilton in Haifa Port, 1966
Born 1910
Died 1994
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1924–1967
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Alacrity
HMS Newfoundland
Mediterranean Fleet
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir John Graham Hamilton GBE CB (1910–1994) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet.

Naval career[edit]

Hamilton joined the Royal Navy in 1924[1] and specialised in gunnery in 1936.[1]

He served in World War II on the staff of Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham in the Mediterranean Fleet and was then Gunnery Officer on the battleship HMS Warspite in South East Asia.[1] He also carried out the planning of the Naval Fire Support for the Normandy landings.[2]

After the war he commanded HMS Alacrity before becoming Deputy Director of Radio Equipment in 1950.[1] He went on to be Commander of the 5th Destroyer Squadron in 1952 and Director of Naval Ordnance at the Admiralty in 1954.[1] He was given command of the cruiser HMS Newfoundland in 1956 and became Naval Secretary in 1958.[1] Then he became Flag Officer (Flotillas) for the Home Fleet in 1960 and Flag Officer, Naval Air Command in 1962.[1] His last appointment was as Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet and NATO Commander Allied Forces Mediterranean in 1964.[1] He retired in 1967.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hamilton, Adm. Sir John (1910–1994)". King's Collections: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives. 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Hamilton, Adm. Sir John (1910–1994)". AIM25. 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Alastair Ewing
Naval Secretary
Succeeded by
Frank Twiss
Preceded by
Sir Deric Holland-Martin
Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded