Jeremy Black (Royal Navy officer) : biography
Admiral Sir John Jeremy Black, GBE, KCB, DSO (born 17 November 1932Debrett’s People of Today 1994), known as Jeremy Black or J. J. Black, is a British Royal Navy admiral who served as Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command from 1989 to 1991.
Jeremy Black was educated at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and saw service in a number of theatres including Korea and Borneo. He was appointed MBE in 1960 for his work in Borneo but his most famous appointment was as captain of the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible during the Falklands War in 1982. Black was an inspirational leader to his crew: this was reflected by the Ship’s company designing T-shirts with ‘There and Back with JJ Black’ emblazoned across the front. This slogan later gave Black the title (‘There and Back’) of his memoirs.Black, Jeremy There and Back: The Memoirs of Admiral Sir Jeremy Black GBE, KCB, DSO, Elliott & Thompson, 2005, ISBN 978-1-904027-41-6
In October 1982, Black was promoted Rear-Admiral and appointed Commander of the First Flotilla. This was followed a position in the Ministry of Defence as Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff in 1984 before being appointed Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Systems) in 1986. He became Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command in 1989. He retired in 1991.
In retirement Admiral Black held the posts of Rear-Admiral and then Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom. Admiral Black is a former chairman of the Royal Navy Club of 1765 & 1785 (United 1889).
Honours and awards
- 8 June 1963 – Lieutenant Commander John Jeremy Black, Royal Navy is appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
- 8 October 1982 – Captain John Jeremy Black, MBE, Royal Navy is awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) Throughout Operation Corporate, Captain Black displayed outstanding qualities of professionalism, leadership and stamina in his command of HMS Invincible, She shared with HMS Hermes, the provision of almost all the air power from start to finish, without which the operation could not even have been contemplated. To keep men and machinery operating at the peak of their performance for such an extended period so far away from home base has required exceptional powers of concentration, man management and preseveance and HMS Invincible’s success owes much to these qualities so abundantly held by he commanding officer. In addition, HMS Invincible had to stay in the South Atlantic after cessation of hostilities to maintain a presence; in doing so she was continuously at sea far longer that any other RN ship before her. To make this transition fom war to "peace" but without the advantage of an early return to the UK required a very special understanding of both men and material and again Captain Black showed outstanding leadership qualities in maintaining momentum.
- 31 December 1986 – Vice Admiral John Jeremy Black, DSO, MBE is appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB).
- 15 June 1991 – Admiral Sir (John) Jeremy Black, KCB, DSO, MBE, ADC is appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE)