Rear Admiral John Kingwell, the Deputy Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies in Belgrave Square, London, kindly offered to host the book launch for the new hardback edition of A Hard Fought Ship on 9 May 2017. The book launch was an opportunity to raise funds for TSVenomous , the Sea Cadet Unit in Loughborough, which was destroyed by fire in 2014. Most of the guests attending the launch had family connections to HMS Venomous and they donated £183 to TS Venomous.
John Kingwell was a Captain in the Royal Navy when Cap John Rodgaard USN invited him to write the Foreword to the previous edition of the book on HMS Venomous (2010) written and self published by Bob Moore
in 1990, the CO of TS Venomous, the Sea Cadet Unit in Loughborough. He explains in his Foreword how he came to meet Bob in 1985
while studying history at Loughborough University and joined him on the
staff of the Sea Cadet Unit, TS Venomous.
Rear Admiral Kingwell joined the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer
in 1984. He has had four commands: Sussex University Royal Naval
University Unit and its attached patrol vessel HMS Pursuer, the Type 23
frigate HMS Argyll and the Assault Ship HMS Albion. As Commander United
Kingdom Task Group (COMUKTG) he commanded the Response Force Task Group
off of Libya in 2011.
He has also served in the Ministry of Defence on four occasions. As a Lt Cdr in Operations, as a Capt as the Military Assistant to both the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff and the 2nd Permanent Under Secretary and twice within the Directorate of Naval Resources and Plans – as an SO1 and most recently as the Head of what became Finance and Military Capability (Navy). In October 2013 John Kingwell was appointed Director of the Royal Navy's Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) and was promoted to Rear Admiral.
It's too late to attend the launch but you can see how successful it was
A Hard Fought Ship:
the story of HMS Venomous
The story of HMS Venomous is told by Bob Moore and Captain John Rodgaard USN (Ret) in
A Hard Fought Ship
Buy the new hardback edition online for £35 post free in the UK
Take a look at the Contents Page and List of Illustrations