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Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC DL

Sir Mark is a retired Royal Navy officer. He served as First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff, the professional head of the Royal Navy, from July 2009 to April 2013. In this role he advised the British Government on the deployment of naval forces during operations around Libya and was responsible to the Secretary of State for fighting effectiveness, efficiency and morale.
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1989 and a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 2004. He was advanced to Knight Grand Cross of that order in the 2010 Birthday Honours.

He is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon, a Freeman of the City of London. the President of the Marine Society & Sea Cadets and a Liveryman of the Upholder’s Company and a Younger Brother of Trinity House.

Nearly half a million men served at sea during the First World War and some 40,000 lost their lives with the seabed as their last resting place. Additionally a further 15,000 souls were lost from the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets together with nearly 10,000 Royal Naval personnel killed in the trenches. Whilst Jutland was indecisive, it meant that Germany could never put to sea in strength again and the naval blockade of German seaports ensured that ultimately and inevitably they would lose the war. As a maritime nation these losses were felt up and down the country and the silhouettes will ensure our seafaring heroes are honoured in this most moving of commemorations.

Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC DL

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