Neil Anderson (RNZN officer)

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Sir Neil Anderson
Born (1927-04-05)5 April 1927
Hastings, New Zealand
Died 5 June 2010(2010-06-05) (aged 83)
Wellington, New Zealand
Allegiance New Zealand
Service/branch Royal New Zealand Navy
Years of service 1944–83
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Chief of Defence Staff
Chief of Naval Staff
HMNZS Philomel
HMNZS Waikato
HMNZS Taranaki
Battles/wars Second World War
Occupation of Japan
Korean War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Spouse(s) Barbara Anderson

Vice Admiral Sir Neil Dudley Anderson, KBE, CB (5 April 1927 – 5 June 2010) was a senior officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy whose career culminated with his appointment as Chief of Naval Staff from 1978 to 1980, and then Chief of Defence Staff from 1980 to 1983. He was married to the author Barbara Anderson. He died on 5 June 2010 aged 83.[1][2]

In the 1967 Queen's Birthday Honours, Anderson was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.[3] He was promoted to Knight Commander of the same order in the 1982 Queen's Birthday Honours.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Former NZ Defence chief dies". The New Zealand Herald. NZPA. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
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  3. ^ "No. 44328". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1967. p. 6312. 
  4. ^ "No. 49010". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 11 June 1982. p. 39. 
  5. ^ "Queen's Birthday Honours 1982" (24 June 1982) 68 New Zealand Gazette 1995 at 1997.
Military offices
Preceded by
Air Marshal Sir Richard Bolt
Chief of Defence Staff
Succeeded by
Air Marshal Sir Ewan Jamieson
Preceded by
Rear Admiral John McKenzie
Chief of Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Keith Saull