Retired Navy Capt. Vincent D. Maynard, 60, a veteran of three wars who served in the Navy for 30 years before retiring in 1974, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Arlington.

He served as an engineer aboard destroyers in the Pacific during World War II and the Korean conflict. He was the commanding officer of a destroyer in Vietnamese waters during the conflict there.

After leaving Vietnam, Capt. Maynard commanded a cruiser in the Atlantic. During the mid-1960s, he commanded a carrier division in the Atlantic and participated in the recovery of astronauts.

Capt. Maynard moved to Arlington when he joined the office of the Chief of Naval Operations in 1957. A year later, he moved to Newport, R.I., where he served on the Atlantic Fleet staff and returned to Arlington in 1967. He served in the Pentagon until he retiring in 1974. His decorations include the Legion of Merit.

Capt. Maynard was a native of New London, Conn. He was a graduate of the New York State Maritime Academy, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Naval War College He earned a master's degree at American University in 1977.

Survivors include his wife, Roberta, and a daughter, Roberta Ann, both of Arlington, and a sister, Mary Chiles, of San Diego.