Paul Lambert (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Paul Lambert
Born (1954-11-17) 17 November 1954 (age 64)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1974–2012
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldCommander Operations
HMS Coventry
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight of the Order of St John

Vice Admiral Sir Paul Lambert, KCB, KStJ (born 17 November 1954) is a former Royal Navy officer who served as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability) from 2009 to 2012.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at Kettering Grammar School and City University London, Lambert joined the Royal Navy in 1974.[1] He was appointed Commanding Officer of the frigate HMS Coventry in 1996.[2] Promoted to rear admiral, he was appointed Commander Operations and Rear Admiral, Submarines in 2004.[3] He went on to be Capability Manager (Precision Attack) and Controller of the Navy in 2007,[4] and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability) in 2009.[5] In September 2009, he strongly defended the equipment, including helmet and body armour, being issued to military personnel in Afghanistan.[6] Lambert was advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2012 New Year Honours.[7][8]


In retirement, Lambert became Secretary General of the Venerable Order of Saint John.[9] He was appointed Knight of the Order of St John (KStJ) in January 2018.[10]


  1. ^ Captains Commanding Royal Navy Warships Archived 14 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 2005
  3. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 2008
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 2010
  5. ^ The insensitivity of MPs in the light of poorly equipped troops in Afghanistan Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2009
  6. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 2.
  7. ^ New Year Honours List 2012: full list,
  8. ^ Farewell Andy Gough & Welcome to Sir Paul Lambert Order of St John, 27 November 2012
  9. ^ "Order of St John". Retrieved 7 February 2018.
Military offices
Preceded by
Niall Kilgour
Commander Operations
Succeeded by
David Cooke
Preceded by
Andrew Mathews
Controller of the Navy
Succeeded by
Amjad Hussain
Preceded by
Andrew Figgures
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability)
Succeeded by
Stephen Hillier