Vice Admiral went from battleships to nuclear submaines

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Can you think of a bigger contrast in the Royal Navy – serving in a Second World War battleship as a midshipman to commanding a nuclear submarine?

That was the career of the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Vice-Admiral Robert ‘Tubby’ Squires who died recently aged 89.

On passing out of Britannia Royal Naval College in 1944 he served in the destroyers Wizard and St James then the battleships Anson and King George V. He joined the KGV on the evening of the signing of the Japanese surrender.

In 1948 he volunteered for submarine service and in 1955 he passed the ‘perisher’ course to command submarines.

From 1965-1968 he commanded the Royal Navy’s third nuclear submarine HMS Warspite.

He later took command of several frigates and destroyers. He was promoted vice-admiral in 1982 and retired in 1983 to the Isle of Wight.

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