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Vice Admiral Sir Paul Lambert
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom Royal Navy
Years of service 1974 - 2012
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held HMS Coventry
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Vice Admiral Sir Paul Lambert, KCB is a former Royal Navy officer who served as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability).

Naval careerEdit

Educated at Kettering Grammar School and City University London, Lambert joined the Royal Navy in 1974.[1] He was appointed Commanding Officer HMS Onyx in 1989, HMS Tireless in 1991 and the Commanding Officer of the Submarine Commanding Officers Course (the Perisher) in 1992. In 1996 he was appointed the Commanding Officer of the frigate HMS Coventry [2] Promoted to Rear-Admiral, he was appointed Commander Operations and Rear Admiral, Submarines in 2004.[3] He went on to be Capability Manager (Precision Attack) and Controller of the Navy in 2007[4] and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability) in 2009.[5] In September 2009 he strongly defended the equipment, including helmet and body armour, being issued to military personnel in Afghanistan.[6] Lambert was advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2012 New Year Honours.[7][8]

In retirement Lambert became Secretary General of the Venerable Order of Saint John.[9]


  1. Captains Commanding Royal Navy Warships
  2. Whitaker's Almanack 2005
  3. Whitaker's Almanack 2008
  4. Whitaker's Almanack 2010
  5. The insensitivity of MPs in the light of poorly equipped troops in Afghanistan Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2009
  6. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 2. 31 December 2011.
  7. New Year Honours List 2012: full list,
  8. Farewell Andy Gough & Welcome to Sir Paul Lambert Order of St John, 27 November 2012
Military offices
Preceded by
Niall Kilgour
Commander Operations
Succeeded by
David Cooke
Preceded by
Andrew Mathews
Controller of the Navy
Succeeded by
Amjad Hussain
Preceded by
Andrew Figgures
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability)
Succeeded by
Stephen Hillier

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