Nicholas Hill-Norton

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The Honourable
Sir Nicholas Hill-Norton
Born 13 July 1939
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1957 - 1995
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Antelope
Fishery Protection Squadron
HMS Southampton
HMS Invincible
Battles/wars Cod Wars
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Vice-Admiral The Honourable Sir Nicholas John Hill-Norton KCB (born 13 July 1939) is a former Royal Navy officer who became Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments).

Naval career[edit]

Born the son of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Hill-Norton[1] and educated at Marlborough College and the Royal Naval College Dartmouth, Hill-Norton joined the Royal Navy in 1957.[2] He became commanding officer of the frigate HMS Antelope in 1974, commander of the Fishery Protection Squadron in 1978, commanding officer of the destroyer HMS Southampton in 1980 and commanding officer of the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible in 1983.[2] He went on to be Flag Officer, Gibraltar in 1987, Flag Officer, Surface Flotilla and Commander Anti-Submarine Warfare Striking Force Atlantic in 1990 and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments) in 1992 before retiring in 1995.[2]

In retirement he became a defence advisor to GEC-Marconi and then to BAE Systems.[2]


In 1966, he married Ann Jennifer Mason; they had two sons and one daughter.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Kenneth Hayr
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments)
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Harley