David Leach (admiral)

Vice Admiral David Willoughby Leach AC, CBE, LVO (born 17 July 1928) is a retired senior officer of the Royal Australian Navy, who served as Chief of the Naval Staff from 1982 to 1985.

David Willoughby Leach
Born17 July 1928 (age 91)
Subiaco, Western Australia
AllegianceAustralia
Service/branchRoyal Australian Navy
Years of service1942–1985
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldChief of Naval Staff (1982–85)
HM Australian Fleet (1979–80)
HMAS Perth (1968–69)
HMAS Vendetta (1964–66)
Battles/warsSecond World War
Vietnam War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of Australia
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order
Meritorious Service Medal (Singapore)

Early life

Leach was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, on 17 July 1928 to John Digby Leach, a First World War veteran and later Commissioner of Main Roads in Western Australia,[1][2][3] and his wife Grace Lilian. Initially educated at Perth Modern School,[1] Leach entered the Royal Australian Naval College in January 1942 aged thirteen.[4]

Naval career

Leach commanded the guided missile destroyers HMAS Vendetta and HMAS Perth during the Vietnam War[5] for which he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1969.[6] In 1970 he managed naval liaison for the Royal Visit to Australia for which he was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.[7]

He was appointed Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet in 1979 and Chief of the Naval Staff in 1982.[5] He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in June 1984,[8] and retired in 1985.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b "Vice Admiral David Willoughby Leach". Who's Who in Australia Online. ConnectWeb. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Leach, John Digby" (PDF). First World War Nominal Roll. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Leach, John Digby appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Leach, David Willoughby". World War II Nominal Roll. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Hobart Association
  6. ^ It's an honour – The Order of the British Empire – Commander (Military)
  7. ^ It's an honour – The Royal Victorian Order – Lieutenant
  8. ^ It's an honour – Companion of the Order of Australia
Military offices
Preceded by
Rear Admiral James Willis
Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet
1979–1980
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral Peter Doyle
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Alan Willis
Chief of Naval Personnel
1980–1982
Succeeded by
Rear Admiral David Martin
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Sir James Willis
Chief of the Naval Staff
1982–1985
Succeeded by
Admiral Michael Hudson
David Leach

David Leach may refer to:

David Leach (potter) (1911–2005), English studio potter

David Leach (admiral) (born 1928), Royal Australian Navy officer

David Leach (activist) (born 1945), Des Moines anti-abortion activist

Director,
Commonwealth Naval Forces
First Naval Members,
Australian Commonwealth Naval Board
Chiefs of the Naval Staff
Chiefs of Navy
Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Fleet
Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Squadron
Flag Officer Commanding HM Australian Fleet
Maritime Commander Australia
Commander Australian Fleet

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