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Derek Reffell

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank  Admiral

Education  Culford School
Name  Derek Reffell
Other work  Governor of Gibraltar

Derek Reffell

Admiral Sir Derek Roy Reffell, KCB (born 6 October 1928) is a former Royal Navy officer and Governor of Gibraltar.


Naval career

Educated at Culford School, Reffell entered the Royal Navy, qualified as a Navigating Officer in 1954 and progressed through the ranks: he commanded the frigate HMS Sirius from her launch in 1966, and served as captain of the commando carrier HMS Hermes from 1974 to 1976 and as Commodore (Amphibious Warfare) from 1978 to 1979. He was appointed Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff for Policy – ACNS(P) – in 1979. He was promoted to Vice-Admiral, becoming Flag Officer Third Flotilla (FOF3) in 1982.

During the Falklands War Admiral Reffell was serving as Flag Officer Third Flotilla in charge of the amphibious ships and aircraft carriers. Alastair Finlan commented that Admiral Reffell was the obvious choice for in-theatre commander but was not selected. Commodore Clapp later expressed his surprise at this decision, and, what was more, the fact that Reffell was barred access to the Northwood Headquarters so that his advice was not available. He did however become senior officer in-theatre (aboard Bristol for a period) from 1 July 1982 after Woodward had returned home.

He became Controller of the Navy in 1984 and was Governor of Gibraltar 1989–1993.


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