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1993 - The Last Flag Officer Portsmouth Takes Over

12th October. Rear-Admiral Neil Rankin succeeded Rear-Admiral David Bawtree as Flag Officer Portsmouth and Naval Base Commander. He was destined to be the last Rear-Admiral to hold this Office; its linage stretched back to the first Rear-Admiral in 1827, Rear-Admiral Maitland, the man who received the surrender of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815, and back further to Colonel William Willoughby, of the Parliamentary Army, who was the first Commissioner of the Dockyard in 1649.