Edward Hawke, Naval Officer
1705 - 1781
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Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, KB, was a naval officer of the Royal Navy.
is best remembered for his
service during the Seven Years' War, particularly his
victory over a French fleet at the Battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759, preventing a French invasion of Britain.
A number of Royal Navy
warships were named after him, in commemoration of this.
had also won an earlier victory, the Battle of Cape Finisterre in 1747 which made his
acquired a reputation as a "fighting officer" which allowed his
career to prosper, despite him possessing a number of political enemies.
developed the concept of a Western Squadron, keeping an almost continuous blockade of the French coast throughout the war.
Hawke also served as First Lord of the Admiralty for five years between 1766 and 1771.
In this post, he
oversaw the mobilisation of the British navy
during the 1770 Falklands Crisis.