~ National Defence Staff Presentation Plaque Given To Admiral Sir Peter Hill-Norton c1970 ~
A presentation piece given to Sir Peter Hill-Norton by the National Defence Staff of Chile.
The General Staff of the National Defense is a mainly strategic organism, dependent on the Ministry of National Defense , and its function is to coordinate the activities of the Army , Navy and the Air Force , both in time of peace, and to mobilize the forces in time. of war.
It was created – in the context of the events of the Second World War – as an entity that would allow Chile to coordinate the institutions of National Defense through a superior body.
The piece is of a framed large circular metal plaque reading ‘Estado Mayor De La Defensa Nacional – Chile’ ( National Defense Staff of Chile) around the circumference with the logo of wings, crossed anchors and a sword to the centre.
Below this is a small silver plaque reading ‘Presented To Admiral Sir Peter Hill-Norton KCB, Commander In Chief Far East By The Commander British Forces Service Commanders And All The Ranks Of The British Forces In Hong Kong On 1st April 1970’.
Both plaques are mounted on a blue velvet ground and presented in a wooden frame.
~ Dimensions ~
The frame measures 33.7cm (13 ¼ inches) by 42cm (16 ½ inches).
The piece weighs 2Kg.
~ Condition ~
The velvet has faded, the small plaque has some light surface scratches and the frame has a couple of small dents o the edges but otherwise the piece is in a very nice condition.
~ Peter Hill-Norton ~
Admiral of the Fleet Peter John Hill-Norton, Baron Hill-Norton, GCB (8 February 1915 – 16 May 2004) was a senior Royal Navy officer. He fought in the Second World War as gunnery officer in a cruiser operating on the Western Approaches and in the North Sea taking part in the Norwegian Campaign, then in a cruiser taking part in the Arctic convoys and finally in a battleship operating in the Eastern Fleet. After the War he commanded a destroyer and then an aircraft carrier. He served as First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff and then Chief of the Defence Staff in early 1970s. In the latter role he gave the final commitment to Project Chevaline, the Polaris missile improvement programme. He went on to be Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.