Former pupil rules the seas with top title

Pictured is newly appointed Royal Navy Vice Admiral Peter Hudson.
Pictured is newly appointed Royal Navy Vice Admiral Peter Hudson.

A FORMER Staveley student has been promoted to Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy after serving with the force since 1980.

Peter Hudson, formerly of Netherthorpe School, Staveley, served as Squadron Navigator to the Captain of the Sixth Frigate Squadron before becoming Navigator of the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible in 1992.

By 1994, he took command of HMS Cottesmore and after promotion in 1996 he became Commanding Officer of HMS Norfolk and served as a Fleet Operations Officer in 1998. He was promoted to Captain in 2000 and in 2002 joined HMS Albion and was appointed with a CBE in 2005.

Following promotion to Commodore, he led the Fleet Personnel Division before moving to the MoD as Director of Naval Resources and Plans and in 2008 became Commander of the Amphibious Task Group.

Peter was promoted to Rear Admiral in 2009 and appointed as Commander UK Maritime Forces. He served as Operational Commander of the EU Naval Force for Counter Piracy and Humanitarian operations followed by service as NATO’s High Readiness Maritime Force Commander before his latest promotion to Vice Admiral.