Richard Ibbotson

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Sir Richard Ibbotson
Born (1954-06-27) 27 June 1954 (age 62)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1975–2011
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Naval Secretary
Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
Falkland Islands
HMS Beaver
HMS Boxer
HMS Hurworth
Battles/wars Gulf War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Cross

Vice Admiral Sir Richard Jeffrey Ibbotson KBE, CB, DSC, DL (born 27 June 1954)[1] is a former Royal Navy officer who served as Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet.

Naval career[edit]

Educated at Durham University, Ibbotson joined the Royal Navy in 1975 and specialized in underwater warfare.[2] He was promoted to lieutenant on 1 September 1977 (seniority 1 January 1977),[3] to lieutenant commander on 1 January 1985,[4] and was promoted to commander on 31 December 1990.[5]

Ibbotson was given command of the mine countermeasure vessel HMS Hurworth before serving in the Gulf War in 1991 for which he was awarded the DSC.[2] He went on to command the frigate HMS Boxer before joining the Directorate of Nuclear Policy at the Ministry of Defence.[2] He became Staff Operations Officer to the Commander United Kingdom Task Group in the Adriatic Sea and was present during the withdrawal from Hong Kong in July 1997.[2]

Promoted to captain on 30 June 1997,[6] he became commanding officer of the frigate HMS Beaver as well as Captain of the 1st Frigate Squadron and then served as Assistant Director, and then as Acting Director of the Directorate of Operational Capability at the Ministry of Defence, before becoming Commander of British Forces in the Falkland Islands in 2002.[2] He was appointed Commander of the Standing Naval Force in the Atlantic Ocean in 2003 and Commander of the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in 2004.[2] He went on to be Naval Secretary in 2005, with a promotion to rear admiral on 23 June.[7] He was appointed Flag Officer, Sea Training in 2007 and Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet in 2009.[8]

He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours.[9][10]

Honours and awards[edit]

Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png UK Distinguished Service Cross BAR.svg

Gulf Medal BAR.svg General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png

Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) 2011
Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
UK Distinguished Service Cross BAR.svg Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) 1991[11]
Gulf Medal BAR.svg Gulf Medal
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg General Service Medal With 1 clasp
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal for Yugoslavia With 1 clasp
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014. Vice–Adml Sir Richard Ibbotson, Deputy C–in–C Fleet, 2009–11, 59 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Guest Speaker in 2008 Anti Submarine Warfare Instructors Association
  3. ^ "No. 47322". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 September 1977. p. 11653. 
  4. ^ "No. 50020". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 January 1985. p. 1242. 
  5. ^ "No. 52414". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 January 1991. p. 301. 
  6. ^ "No. 54820". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 July 1997. p. 7549. 
  7. ^ "No. 57693". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 July 2005. p. 8687. 
  8. ^ Navy Command Senior Staff Ministry of Defence
  9. ^ "No. 59647". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2010. p. 4. 
  10. ^ Honours List: Military Division – Royal Navy The Independent, 31 December 2010
  11. ^ "No. 52588". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 June 1991. p. 1. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Peter Wilkinson
Naval Secretary
2005–2008
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Montgomery
Preceded by
Paul Boissier
Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Sir George Zambelles