Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton

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Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton GBE KCB BA FREng

After reading Engineering at Cambridge, Admiral Eaton served in the Royal Navy throughout the cold war. From witnessing an H Bomb test at Christmas Island in the Pacific in 1957 to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the upheaval in the Soviet Union in the early 1990’s he was in the forefront of naval technological and electronic developments.

Promoted to Flag Rank Sir Kenneth became Controller of the Navy, the most senior engineer in the Royal Navy and a member of the Admiralty Board. He was accountable for the Procurement of all new ships, submarines and ordnance for the Royal Navy and consequently for a large slice of the Defence budget. A Weapons Engineer, his responsibilities covered everything from small survey ships to the Trident submarine programme, from submarine nuclear power plants to computer systems, and from guided missiles to ballistic missiles and their warheads. 

On retirement from the Royal Navy, Sir Kenneth became Chairman of Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital NHS Trust, Chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and served on a Cabinet Office Committee.

He was Chairman of the Mary Rose Trust at Portsmouth during the planning phase of the new museum and having always been interested in maritime history, he remains Chairman of the Society for Nautical Research.