Hugo White

Admiral Sir Hugo Moresby White, GCB, CBE, DL (22 October 1939 – 1 June 2014) was a senior officer of the Royal Navy and subsequently Governor of Gibraltar.

Sir Hugo White
Born(1939-10-22)22 October 1939
Torquay, Devon
Died1 June 2014(2014-06-01) (aged 74)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Navy
Years of service1960–97
Commands heldCommander-in-Chief Fleet
Flag Officer, Scotland and Northern Ireland
HMS Bristol
4th Frigate Squadron
HMS Avenger
HMS Salisbury
HMS Oracle
Battles/warsCod Wars
Falklands War
AwardsKnight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Other workGovernor of Gibraltar (1995–97)
Viceregal styles of
Sir Hugo White
Reference styleHis Excellency
Spoken styleYour Excellency

Early life

Educated at the Dragon School in Oxford, the Nautical College, Pangbourne.

Military career

Having attended the Britannia Royal Naval College, White was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1960.[1]

He was appointed Commanding Officer of the submarine, HMS Oracle, in 1970 and then went to teach at the Britannia Royal Naval College in 1971.[1] He went on to be Commander Submarine Sea Training in 1973 and Commanding Officer of the frigate, HMS Salisbury, in 1975 during the Cod Wars.[1] He was made Captain Naval Plans in 1978 and Commanding Officer of the frigate, HMS Avenger, as well as Captain of the 4th Frigate Squadron in 1981 and served in the Falklands War.[1] He went to work for the Chief of Defence Staff in 1982 and became Commanding Officer of the destroyer, HMS Bristol, in 1985.[1]

He was appointed Flag Officer Third Flotilla and Commander of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Striking Force in 1987.[1] He became Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff in 1988 and Flag Officer, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as Commander Northern Atlantic in 1991.[1] He went on to be Commander-in-Chief Fleet in 1992.[2]

Later life

He was appointed Governor of Gibraltar in 1995.[3] He was also life president of the Type 21 Club Association.[4]

He died on 1 June 2014.[5]

Personal life

In 1966 he married Josephine Mary Lorimer and they went on to have two sons.[1]


  1. Debretts People of Today 1994
  2. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 March 2012.
  3. Whitaker's Almanack 1996
  4. Type 21 Club Association
  5. "Former Governor, Sir Hugo White, dies aged 74". GBC News. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
Military offices
Preceded by
Michael Livesay
Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Peter Abbott
Preceded by
Sir Michael Livesay
Flag Officer, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Sir Christopher Morgan
Preceded by
Sir Jock Slater
Commander-in-Chief Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Abbott
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Chapple
Governor of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Luce
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