|Allegiance United Kingdom|
Service/branch Royal Navy
Name Anthony Blackburn
|Commands held HMS Kirkliston
HM Naval Base Clyde
Awards Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order Companion of the Order of the Bath
Vice-Admiral Sir David Anthony James 'Tom' Blackburn (born 18 January 1945) is a former British Royal Navy officer who served as Master of the Household between 2000 and 2005.
Blackburn was appointed to his first command, the minesweeper HMS Kirkliston, in 1972. He became Equerry to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1976, Executive Officer of the cruiser HMS Antrim in 1978 and Commander of the destroyer HMS Birmingham in 1983. He went on to become commanding officer of the destroyer HMS York and Captain D3 Squadron in 1987, Commodore on Clyde and Naval Base Commander Clyde in 1990 and commanding officer of the frigate HMS Cornwall as well as Captain of the 2nd Frigate Squadron Squadron in 1992.
After that Blackburn became Head of the British Defence Staff and Defence Attaché in Washington, D.C. in 1994 and Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe, Naples in 1997.
On leaving the Royal Navy Blackburn became Master of the Household, in which office he served from 2000 to 2005.
He was a member of the Pensions appeal tribunal from 2005, chairman of The Marine Society, the Sea Cadets from 2006 and St John Ambulance London from 2006, as well as Deputy Chairman of the Royal Yachting Association from 2007.
Blackburn was made a LVO in 1978, and a KCVO in 2004. He was also made a member of the Order of the Bath in 1999.