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Sir Peter Charles Abbott GBE
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(12 February 1942) is a former Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.
Educated at Queens' College, Cambridge
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, Abbott was commissioned into the Royal Navy
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in 1964. He commanded the minesweeper, HMS Chawton
, from 1972 to 1975 and then joined the staff of the Senior Naval Officer in the West Indies.
He commanded the frigate, HMS Ambuscade
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, from 1976 to 1980 when he was made second-in-command of the aircraft carrier, HMS Bulwark
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He was the Chief of Defence Staff
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's briefer during the Falklands War
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in 1982. He then commanded the frigate, HMS Ajax
HMS Ajax was a of the Royal Navy. She was built by the famous Cammell Laird company of Birkenhead. Ajax was launched on 16 August 1962 and commissioned on 10 December 1963...
and the First Frigate Squadron from 1983 to 1985.
He became Director of Navy Plans in 1985 and Flag Officer Second Flotilla in 1989. He was made Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff in 1991 and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic
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in 1993. He became Commander-in-Chief Fleet
Commander-in-Chief Fleet is the admiral responsible for the operation, resourcing and training of the ships, submarines and aircraft, and personnel, of the British Royal Navy...
in 1995 and Vice-Chief of Defence Staff in 1997.
In retirement he was made Chairman of the Trustees of the Royal Naval Museum
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