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Lieutenant Commander Hugh W S Botterill



Hugh Botterill grew up in Suffolk and was educated at Pangbourne College and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. After a period of farming in England and Spain he joined the Royal Navy in 2001.

He passed out of BRNC and initially served as a watch keeper in the sail training ship PRINCE WILLIAM and then HMS COTTESMORE in Northern Ireland.

Appointed to his first complement role in HMS CARDIFF as an Officer of the Watch and Ship’s Diving Officer, during this time he was seconded to the Ship’s affiliated regiment, the Royal Welch Fusiliers as part of the First Mechanised Battle Group in Basra Iraq as a Ports and Maritime Liaison Officer – in recognition he was awarded a Fleet Commander’s Commendation.

Two years in HMS CARDIFF saw him qualify as a Fleet Navigating Officer in 2005 and he spent 6 cold but fascinating months as the Navigating and Operations Officer of HMS DUMBARTON-CASTLE in the South Atlantic. On return to the UK he became the Navigating Officer of HMS LANCASTER, where he undertook Operational Sea Training and Atlantic Patrol (North) as well extensive Anti-Submarine exercises and operations in the Western Approaches.

He assumed Command of HMS BITER and Manchester and Salford Universities Training Squadron in December 2007. The highlight of this appointment was being Task Group Commander for a four Ship deployment to Northern Spain. This appointment was ended prematurely so that he could fulfil a newly created post in Umm Qasar as the lead sea trainer on the Iraqi Navy’s latest Offshore Patrol Boats. On completion of his second tour in Iraq he attended the Maritime Warfare School in 2010 and enjoyed a year of shore-side instruction on his Priciple Warfare Officer’s course.

Post PWO course he was appointed as PWO(U) in HMS KENT, another Type 23, where he assisted in delivering the re-generation package as she emerged from deep re-fit. Having completed Operational Sea Training as the Command PWO he assume the role as Operations Officer, getting KENT through Mission Rehearsal, theatre preparation and deployed East of Suez on Operation Kipion.

Following his tour in HMS KENT he joined Flag Officer Sea Training as a Senior Warfare Officer (Under Water) in 2014 and was the lead Officer of the Towed Array Response Team, delivering teaching, coaching and mentoring to a number of UK and NATO platforms, both deployed on operations as well as in the UK.

In August 2015 he joined HMS DIAMOND as the Executive Officer, generating her from a maintenance period and delivering a cohesive team for operational sea training and subsequently onto Operation Litten in the Mediterranean Sea. Towards the end of this tour he was re-appointed to HMS DARING as the Executive Officer and Second in Command at the sharp end of the spear, delivering East of Suez activity on Operation Kipion.

Lieutenant Commander Hugh Botterill lives with his young family in Hampshire. He enjoys a wide variety of activities especially country pursuits, sailing and trying to keep fit.