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His book describes his experience as a teenage ordinary seaman in a battle cruiser in the early months of World War Two - never dreaming that one day he would chair the Board of Admiralty.
Originally exercised by a single person, the office of Lord High Admiral was from the 18th century onward exercised by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, who sat on the Board of Admiralty. In 1964, its functions were transferred to a new Admiralty Board, which is a committee of the tri-service Defence Council of the United Kingdom and part of the Ministry of Defence.
The Board of Admiralty regrets to announce that the aircraft-carrier HMS Ark Royal (Captain LEH Maund, CBE, RN) has sunk.
His public life began when at the age of twenty-six, he was appointed a member of the Board of Admiralty and thereafter the Navy remained his first love.
The book went through many editions, was widely translated, and was adopted by the British Board of Admiralty for distribution to the British navy.
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