Philip Ruck Keene

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Vice-Admiral Philip Ruck Keene, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., Retired (7 November, 1897 – 28 May, 1977) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of a Reverend, Ruck Keene was a member of a large special entry to the Royal Naval College, Keyham in September, 1915.

As a Midshipman, Ruck Keene was appointed to the Vanguard on 1 February, 1916. He was fortunate to have been lent to the depot ship Lucia for service with submarines before Vanguard blew up just before midnight on 9 July 1917, being then one of approximately twenty-four men who escaped with their lives.[1]

Ruck Keene was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 February, 1919.

Ruck Keene was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1931.

Ruck Keene was promoted to the rank of Captain on 31 December, 1936.

Ruck Keene was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 5 July, 1946.

Ruck Keene was placed on the Retired List with the rank of Vice-Admiral (Retired) on 3 August, 1949.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Conway B. Allen
Captain of H.M.S. H 34
20 Aug, 1924[2]
Succeeded by
George C. P. Menzies
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Oswald
15 Oct, 1928[3]
Succeeded by
Reginald R. Helbert
Preceded by
Edward M. C. Barraclough
Captain of H.M.S. Adamant
22 Feb, 1932 – 17 May, 1932
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Charles H. Allen
Captain of H.M.S. Alecto
17 May, 1932[4]c. 22 Feb, 1933[Inference]
Succeeded by
Gerald A. Garnons-Williams
Preceded by
Sydney M. Raw
Commander (S), First Submarine Flotilla
29 Aug, 1939[Inference] – 1 Nov, 1939
Succeeded by
Gilbert P. Claridge
Preceded by
Edward A. Aylmer
Captain of H.M.S. Cyclops
15 Nov, 1939 – 27 May, 1940
Succeeded by
Edward H. Longsdon
Preceded by
Hugo M. C. Ionides
Captain of H.M.S. Titania
14 Aug, 1940 – 9 Sep, 1940
Succeeded by
Harold R. Conway


  1. The National Archives. ADM 137/3680. f. 445.
  2. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 243.
  3. The Navy List. (February, 1929). p. 257.
  4. The Navy List. (January, 1933). p. 214.