Peter Buchanan (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Peter Buchanan
Born 14 May 1925
Died 23 November 2011(2011-11-23) (aged 86)[1]
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Endurance
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Vice Admiral Sir Peter William Buchanan KBE (14 May 1925 – 23 November 2011) was a Royal Navy officer who became Naval Secretary.

Early life[edit]

Born in Midhurst, West Sussex, he was the son of Lieutenant Colonel Francis Buchanan and Gwendolen Isobel (née Hunt). He was educated at Malvern College.[2]

Naval career[edit]

Buchanan was given command of HMS Endurance in 1968.[3] He proved that the route now known as the Buchanan Passage can be used to reach Marguerite Bay from the North.[3] He became Naval Assistant to the Second Sea Lord in 1970 and, having been promoted to Rear Admiral, became Naval Secretary in 1976.[4] Following promotion to Vice Admiral, he was appointed Chief of Staff, Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe in 1979.[4] He retired in 1982.[5]

In 1996 he became Master of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London.[6]


Military offices
Preceded by
John Forbes
Naval Secretary
Succeeded by
Paul Greening