Van Der HORST, Richard Evert

Lieutenant Colonel
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Service number: 
Wednesday, September 21, 1966
Died : 
Monday, March 14, 2005
Died in service

Lt. Col. Richard van der Horst OBE, Officer Commanding the Special Boat Service, died in a diving accident during an amphibious exercise off Norway on March 7; he died on March 14. 

1984 joined the Royal Marines as a university cadet entrant and passed out in 1988 with the Sword of Honour.
1988 appointed to 45 Commando Group and commanded a rifle troop and a mortar troop with operational tours in Northern Ireland and Iraq, and deployments to Norway and the Carribean.
1991 completed Special Forces selection and saw service in the Far East, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America.
11th July 1995 awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery for in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.
1999 after completing a Masters degree at the JSCSC he joined the UK Special Forces Headquarters as Group Operations Officer.
2000 promoted to Lieut. Colonel.
UKSF Liaison Officer to the US Central Command and Deputy Director of Operations during the 2003 Gulf War.
2003 Chief of Staff to HQ 3 Cdo. Bde.
November 2004 Commanding Officer of the SBS.
A brave determined and inspiring leader who was greatly respected wherever he served.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Navy News issue 1st June 2005 / London Gazettes Supp. 54212, page 15370.]

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