3rd Flotilla

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3rd Flotilla (3F)
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active1979 – 1992
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Part ofFleet Command
HQPortsmouth Naval Base
FirstRear-Admiral Peter G.M. Herbert
LastVice-Admiral the Hon. Sir Nicholas J. Hill-Norton

The 3rd Flotilla also known as the Third Flotilla was a fleet level naval formation of the Royal Navy from 1979 to 1992.


After the creation of the single Fleet Command in 1971, its subordinate commands were reorganised. Three major sub-commands were created; the First Flotilla, Second Flotilla and Carriers and Amphibious Ships each commanded by a rear admiral.[1] In December 1979 the command Carriers and Amphibious Ships was re-named 3rd Flotilla. From 1981-1992 the Third Flotilla commanded the aircraft carriers; amphibious Ships; the Fleet Training Ship; and destroyers not allocated to First or Second Flotillas. In April 1992, the Third Flotilla was abolished, and the remaining two flotilla's were unified creating a single Surface Flotilla.

In Command

Flag Officer, Third Flotilla

  1. Rear-AdmiralPeter Geoffrey Marshall Herbert: November 1979-December 1979
  2. Vice-Admiral Sir John Michael Holland Cox: December 1979 – March 1982
  3. Rear-Admiral Derek Roy Reffell: March 1982-August 1983
  4. Vice-Admiral Sir Richard George Alison Fitch: August 1983-October 1985
  5. Vice-Admiral Sir John Julian Robertson Oswald: October 1985-April 1987
  6. Rear-Admiral Hugo Moresby White: April 1987-October 1988
  7. Vice-Admiral Sir Alan Grose: October 1988-March 1990
  8. Vice-Admiral the Hon. Sir Nicholas John Hill-Norton: March 1990-April 1992


  1. Roberts, John (2009). Safeguarding the Nation: The Story of the Modern Royal Navy. Barnsley, England: Seaforth Publishing. p. 89. ISBN 9781848320437.