Jonathan Tod

Vice Admiral Sir Jonathan James Richard Tod KCB CBE (born 26 March 1939) is a former Royal Navy officer who became Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet.

Sir Jonathan Tod
Born26 March 1939
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1959 - 1997
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldHMS Brighton
HMS Fife
HMS Illustrious
Battles/warsFalklands War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Educated Gordonstoun and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth,[1] Tod joined the Royal Navy in 1959[2] and qualified as a naval pilot.[3] He went on to command the frigate HMS Brighton and the destroyer HMS Fife.[4] As a captain, Tod served in the Cabinet Office during the Falklands War for which he was awarded the CBE[5] and after that commanded the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (in which role he led the operation to recover survivors following the blowout of the Odyssey Oil Platform in 1988).[4][6] He became Flag Officer Portsmouth in 1989 and Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet in 1994 before retiring in 1997.[7]

In October 1965 Tod ejected from a Hawker Hunter following a mid-air collision during an air combat exercise in Scotland.[8][9][10] In March 1967 he flew a Blackburn Buccaneer from RNAS Lossiemouth as part of the bombing operation to break up and release oil from the tanks of the SS Torrey Canyon which had run aground off the coast of Cornwall. [11]


  1. Burke's Peerage
  2. "No. 42316". The London Gazette. 31 March 1961. p. 2429.
  3. The 1995 PBS documentary People's Century (Tod was interviewed in 1967)
  4. Navy's bicentennial marred by pull-out Royal Gazette, 9 February 1995
  5. British Medals - Falklands War
  6. Ocean Odyssey Oil Rig Fire
  7. Royal Navy Senior Appointments Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  8. "Royal Navy Jet Flying pg 58" (PDF).
  9. Ranter, Harro. "Accident Hawker Hunter GA.11 WT712, 25 Oct 1965". Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  10. "UK Military Aircraft Losses". Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  11. Tod, Jonathan (18 March 2017). "Interviewed on BBC Breakfast".
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Biggs
Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet
Succeeded by
Sir Jeremy Blackham
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