Raymond Lygo

Admiral Sir Raymond Derek Lygo, KCB (15 March 1924 – 7 March 2012) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Vice Chief of the Naval Staff.

Sir Raymond Lygo
Captain Raymond Lygo – HMS Juno, 1968
Born(1924-03-15)15 March 1924
Died7 March 2012(2012-03-07) (aged 87)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1942 - 1978
Commands heldHMS Lowestoft
HMS Juno
HMS Ark Royal
Director-General, Naval Manpower and Training
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Educated at Ilford County High School and Clark's College, Bromley, Lygo joined the Royal Navy at HMS St. Vincent (Fleet Air Arm basic training establishment in Gosport, Hampshire)in 1942 during World War II.[1] He was appointed the commanding officer of the frigate Lowestoft in 1961, the frigate Juno in 1967 and the aircraft carrier Ark Royal in 1969.[2]. While in command of the latter in 1971, the Ark Royal collided with a Soviet cruiser that was shadowing her during an exercise in the Mediterranean. Damage to both vessels was slight, though two Soviet crewmen went missing. Lygo was cleared of any responsibility in the subsequent inquiry. He was next appointed Director-General, Naval Manpower and Training from February 1974 to June 1975. He went on to be Vice Chief of the Naval Staff in 1975 and retired in 1978.[1]

After retirement, he joined British Aerospace, becoming Chief Executive in 1986.[3]

He went on to be Chairman of the Rutland Trust in 1991, Chairman of TNT (Express) UK Ltd in 1992 and Chairman of the Liontrust First UK Investment Trust in 1997.[1] He was Patron of the Fleet Air Arm Association.[4]


In 1950 he married Pepper Van Osten; they had two sons and one daughter.[1]


  1. Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. Unit Histories
  3. "Transcript of "File on 4" Current Affairs Group" (PDF). BBC Radio 4. 8 June 2004. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
  4. "About the FAAA". The Fleet Air Arm Association. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir John Treacher
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Morton

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