Robert Simpson-Anderson

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Robert Claude Simpson-Anderson
Born (1942-07-04)4 July 1942[1]
Pretoria, South Africa
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch  South African Navy
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held

Vice-Admiral Robert Claude Simpson-Anderson SSAS SD SM MMM SAN (Rtd) (born July 1942 in Pretoria, South Africa) is a former Chief of the South African Navy (1 September 1992 – 31 October 2000)[2]

He joined the Navy in 1964 and completed a BMil.[1] In 1977 he commanded the Navy's first Strike Craft, SAS Jan Smuts. In 1978 he completed an MBL via Unisa. In 1984 he became the OC of SAS Scorpion, the Strike Craft Flotilla and in 1986 as a Commodore, the Officer Commanding of the South African Military Academy in Saldhana.[3] At the end of 1990 he was promoted to Rear Admiral and posted as Chief of Naval Support.[4][5]

Awards and Decorations[edit]

In 1999 Vice Admiral Simpson-Anderson was awarded the Order of the Star of South Africa (Silver).[6] His list of awards includes:


  1. ^ a b Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. ^ Englebrecht, Leon (21 January 2010). "Fact file: Chiefs of the South African Navy". DefenceWeb. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Vlootman neem bevel oor" [Navy man takes over command]. Die Burger (in Afrikaans). 30 January 1987. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  4. ^ November 26, 1990. "Vloot-steun kry nuwe hoof" [Fleet support gets new head]. Die Burger (in Afrikaans). Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ Lötter, Francois (August 6, 1992). "Simpson-Anderson word nuwe Hoof van die Vloot" [Simpson-Anderson becomes new Chief of the Navy]. Beeld (in Afrikaans). Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  6. ^
Military offices
Preceded by
Lambert Woodburne
Chief of the South African Navy
1992 – 2000
Succeeded by
Johan Retief
Preceded by
Chris Bennett
Chief of Naval Support
1989 – 1990
Succeeded by
Martyn Trainor
Preceded by
Willie Kotze
Commandant of the South African Military Academy
1986 – 1989
Succeeded by
Fred du Toit