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Rear Admiral James Frederick Thomas George "Sam" Salt, CB 19 April 1940 – 3 December 2009 was a senior Royal Navy officer of the late twentieth century He was the Captain of HMS Sheffield during the Falklands War, the first British warship to be sunk by enemy action since the end of the Second World War


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Naval career
    • 21 Falklands War
    • 22 Senior command
  • 3 Retirement
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 References

Early life

James Salt was born on 19 April 1940 in Yeovil in the county of Somerset His mother was named Lillian, and he was the son of a Royal Naval officer, Lieutenant Commander George S Salt, who was lost in action six months after his son's birth while in command of the submarine HMS Triad during the Second World War

Naval career

Salt received his early education at Wellington College, in the county of Berkshire On enlisting in the Royal Navy he received a commission as an officer after passing through the Britannia Royal Naval College 1958–59

After an early career on surface vessels in the 1960s, Salt volunteered for the sub-surface duty in which his father had lost his life, commanding the submarine HMS Finwhale 1969–71, executive officer of HMS Resolution 1973–74, and commanding HMS Dreadnought 1978–79

Falklands War

Salt was in command of the destroyer HMS Sheffield on 4 May 1982 when she was attacked and destroyed by Argentinian naval aircraft whilst on patrol in the South Atlantic Ocean during the war over the contested sovereignty of the Falkland Islands

Senior command

After the Falklands War he commanded the destroyer HMS Southampton In the mid-1980s his sea-going career came to an end and he became a Naval Staff Officer, holding the post of Assistant Chief of Staff Operations at Northwood; Director of Defence Intelligence 1986–87, at which time he was elevated to admiral's rank, and was subsequently the senior Naval representative at the Royal College of Defence Studies While he was Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff he was responsible for the Royal Navy's planning for the execution of the Gulf War


After he retired from the navy in 1997, Salt worked in a managerial capacity in a number of defence-related export, sales and marketing roles in the private sector, retiring from this work in 2005 Salt died in aged 69 on 3 December 2009

Personal life

Salt married Penelope in 1975, and had four sons


  1. ^ http://wwwtelegraphcouk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/naval-obituaries/6744685/Rear-Admiral-Sam-Salthtml
  2. ^ 'The Guardian' obituary, 10 December 2009
  3. ^ HMS Triad N 53, Uboatnet, accessed Dec 16, 2015
  4. ^ Obituary for Rear-Admiral Sam Salt, The Telegraph, December 6, 2009
  5. ^ 'Daily Telegraph' Obituary, 6 December 2009
  6. ^ http://wwwtimesonlinecouk/tol/comment/obituaries/article6950578ece
  7. ^ 'The Guardian' obituary, 10 December 2009
  8. ^ https://wwwtheguardiancom/theguardian/2009/dec/10/sam-salt-obituary
  9. ^ 'Daily Telegraph' obituary, 6 December 2009

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