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Robert Woodard

Sir Robert Woodard
Born 13 January 1939
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held 771 Naval Air Squadron
848 Naval Air Squadron
HMS Amazon
HMS Osprey
Royal Yacht Britannia
Awards Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Rear Admiral Sir Robert Woodard, KCVO, DL (born 13 January 1939) is a former Commander of the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Naval career

Educated at Lancing College, the school founded by his great-grandfather, Rev Nathaniel Woodard, Woodard joined the Royal Navy and specialised in aviation.[1] He commanded 771 Naval Air Squadron and 848 Naval Air Squadron and then took charge of the frigate HMS Amazon.[1] Promoted to Captain he was given command of the naval air station HMS Osprey in 1985 and then became Commodore on the River Clyde in 1988 before being appointed Flag Officer, Royal Yachts with specific responsibility for the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1990.[1][2] He retired in 1995.[3]

He has served as equerry to the Queen and as Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall.[4] The Sir Robert Woodard Academy, which has been named in his honour, was opened on the site of the previous school, Boundstone Community College, in September 2009.[5]


In 1963 he married Rosamund Lucia Gibbs; they have two sons and one daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ The Royal Yacht Britannia
  3. ^ Whitacker's Almanack 1996
  4. ^ Sir Robert Wooard at Burke's Peerage
  5. ^ The Sir Robert Woodard Academy Woodard Schools

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