||Peter Franklyn was born in Winchester
in September 1946, was educated at King's College Taunton and
joined the Royal Navy in 1963. His early experience was gained
as a Midshipman and Sub Lieutenant in the Destroyers HMS
Agincourt & HMS Carysfort which took him to the
Mediterranean, the Far East and the South Pacific. He returned
to England in 1969 to spend a year as the Assistant Navigating
Officer in The Royal Yacht Britannia and from 1970 until 1972
held two further navigating appointments.
The first involved a rewarding year on exchange with the
United States Navy serving in USS Mullinix based on the eastern
seaboard of the
USA and subsequently with the US Sixth
Fleet in the Mediterranean. The second appointment, to the
Frigate HMS Jupiter, was largely spent operating with NATO
forces assigned to the Standing Naval Force Atlantic.
After qualifying as a Principal Warfare
Officer and further specialisation in Navigation he was back at
sea in 1973 in HMS Scylla and during the next 18 months visited
South Africa, the Far East, New Zealand and Australia before
taking up a Staff appointment closely associated with the
Fishery Protection and Minesweeping Squadrons based around the
On completion of the Advanced Navigation
course in late 1976, he was appointed to The Royal Yacht
Britannia as the Navigating Officer during Jubilee Year which
included a World Tour, The Fleet Review at Spithead and visits
to many ports in the United Kingdom and the West Indies.
There followed a seagoing appointment as
First Lieutenant of HMS Ashanti in Home and South Atlantic
waters and then a year serving in London as a member of The
Royal Naval Presentation Team. After promotion to Commander in
1979, he was appointed in command of HMS Active a Type 21
Frigate both at home, in the West Indies and Middle East.
Subsequent appointments as the Training Commander at Britannia
Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and Staff Operations Officer to
the Flag Officer Third Flotilla followed before promotion to
Captain in 1986. He served as Naval Assistant to the First Sea
Lord prior to taking command of HMS Bristol in August 1988.
Franklyn is married with a son and a daughter and lives in Bath.
Amongst his interests he includes antique furniture, old houses,
general outdoor activities and water sports.
||Captain West entered the Royal Navy as an
officer cadet straight from school in 1965 at the age of 17. After
passing out of Dartmouth he filled a number of junior appointments
prior to taking command of HMS Yarnton, on patrol in Hong Kong in
He returned to the United Kingdom in 1975 where he completed the
Principal Warfare Officers' course which led to warfare appointments
in two frigates. Next the Royal Navy Staff Course at Greenwich where
|Promoted Lieutenant Commander
followed by a specialist warfare course in Above Water Weapons at the
Maritime Tactical School.
In 1978 he joined a guided missile destroyer as Operations Officer
for a Flag deployment to the Far East and was selected for promotion
to Commander in 1980. In November of that year he took command of the
frigate HMS Ardent. After service in the Indian Ocean, Mediterranean
and Atlantic the sip was sunk in 1982 during the Falklands campaign.
Captain West was subsequently awarded the DSC for his part in the
In September 1982 he led the victory parade through the City of
London and joined the MOD as a member of the Naval Plans Division. He
was closely involved in the reorganisation of the Ministry in late
1984 and selected for promotion to Captain in December of that year.
From January 1985 until taking command of HMS Bristol on 5th March
1987 he served as an assistant director in the Naval Staff Duties
Captain West was married in 1973 and has three children. He lives
in Southsea and his interests include Keel Boat racing, Naval and
local history and ornithology. He also enjoys swimming, cricket and
tennis. His wife Rosemary is a keen 'board sailor'.
Sea Appointments in chronological order:
||Type 12 Frigate
||Type 14 Frigate
||Type 21 Frigate
||Type 21 Frigate
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|Captain H. M. White was born in Torquay, Devon in 1939
and entered the Royal Navy in 1958. After training at the Britannia
Royal Naval College Dartmouth and an initial commission in an
anti-submarine frigate, he was appointed to a series of diesel boats
where he served in a variety of roles before joining the nuclear attack
submarine HMS Warspite as the Navigating Officer. Returning to diesel
submarines as First Lieutenant, and subsequently the Commander of HMS
Oracle as Lieutenant Commander he escorted HMS Dreadnought on her way to
the North Pole and carried out ice trials west of Spitsbergen.
In 1971 he was posted to the staff of the
Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, promotion to Commander
followed, and in 1973 became the First Commander Submarine Sea Training
and the new Submarine Sea Training Organisation at HMS Neptune, Faslane,
In 1975 he took command of the frigate HMS Salisbury,
carrying out two patrols off Iceland in the second Cod War. In 1976 he
was appointed to the Ministry of Defence on the Staff of the Naval
Secretary, Officers' Planning Section before being promoted Captain in
1978 and becoming Assistant Director (Ships) in the Directorate of Naval
In 1980 he was appointed in command of the general purpose frigate
HMS Avenger as Captain of the 4th Frigate Squadron of 'Type 21s'. In
1982 this squadron became heavily involved in the Falklands campaign
where two of its ships, HMS Ardent & HMS Antelope were sunk, and five of
the remaining six took part in operations. HMS Avenger herself conducted
several bombardments of the Argentine positions, landed special
operations forces and survived a combined Super Etendard/Exocet and
Skyhawk bomber attack of which she was the focus.
In late 1982 Captain White became Principal Staff Officer to the
Chief of the Defence Staff in the temporary rank of Commodore, and was
awarded the CBE in the New Years Honours List on relinquishing this post
in early 1985. He assumed command of HMS Bristol in October of the same
year. He is married, has two teenage boys and lives in Devon. His
interests include travelling, sailing, reading, gardening and music.
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