Richard Fitch

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Sir Richard Fitch
Born 2 June 1929
Blackheath, London
Died 15 February 1994
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1942 - 1988
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Berwick
HMS Apollo
HMS Hermes
Flag Officer Third Flotilla
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Richard ('Dick') George Alison Fitch KCB (2 June 1929 – 15 February 1994) is a senior Royal Navy officer who went on to be Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at Royal Naval College Dartmouth, Fitch joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1942.[1]

He was made Commanding Officer of the frigate HMS Berwick in 1966 and then joined the staff of the Flag Officer Second in Command for the Far East Fleet in 1967.[1] He was made Commander of the frigate HMS Apollo in 1973 and then became Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord in 1974.[1]

He was made Captain of the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes in 1976 and Director of Naval Warfare at the Ministry of Defence in 1978.[2] He went on to be Naval Secretary in 1980 and Flag Officer Third Flotilla in 1983.[2] He was made Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel as well as President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1986 and retired in 1988.[2]

In retirement he became a Lloyd's name.[1]


In 1969 he married Kathleen Marie-Louise Igert; they went on to have one son.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Obituary: Admiral Sir Richard Fitch The Independent, 22 February 1994
  2. ^ a b c d Debrett's People of Today 1994
Military offices
Preceded by
Paul Greening
Naval Secretary
Succeeded by
Richard Thomas
Preceded by
Sir Simon Cassels
Second Sea Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Brian Brown