Sandy Woodward

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Admiral Sir John Forster "Sandy" Woodward GBE, KCB (born 1 May 1932) is a British Admiral who commanded the British Naval Force in the South Atlantic during the Falklands War.

Naval career

Educated at the Royal Naval College Dartmouth, Woodward joined the Royal Navy in 1946.[1] He became a submariner in 1954.[1] In 1960 he passed the Royal Navy's rigorous Submarine Command Course known as The Perisher,[2] and received his first command, the T Class submarine HMS Tireless.[1] He then commanded HMS Grampus[1] before becoming the second in command of the nuclear fleet submarine HMS Valiant.[1] In 1967 he was promoted to Commander and became the Instructor (known as "Teacher") of the The Perisher Course. He took command of HMS Warspite in December 1969.[1] He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1972.[1] In 1974 he became Captain of Submarine Training and in 1976 he took command of HMS Sheffield.[1]

He became Head of Naval Plans in the Ministry of Defence in 1978.[1] In July 1981 he was promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed as Flag Officer First Flotilla.[1]

In 1982 he commanded the South Atlantic Task Groups in the Falklands War under the Commander-in-Chief Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse.[1] For his efforts during the war Woodward was knighted. His book One Hundred Days, co-authored by Patrick Robinson, describing his Falklands experiences, is a candid account of the pressures of high command in wartime and the impact on the individual commander.

In 1983 Woodward was appointed Flag Officer Submarines and NATO Commander Submarines Eastern Atlantic.[1] In 1984 he was promoted to Vice Admiral, and in 1985 he was a Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff.[1] Before retirement in 1989 he also served, from 1987, as Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command[1] and Flag Aide-de-Camp to the Queen.

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