Admiral (Air)

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Admiral (Air)
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Preceded by:Flag Officer, Naval Air Stations
Abbrev:ADM (A)
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
Service Branch:Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
HQ:Royal Naval Air Station, Lee-on-Solent
Commands:Naval Air Stations
Appointed by:First Lord of the Admiralty
Reports to:Fifth Sea Lord & Chief of Naval Air Services
Term:1-2 years
Established:June, 1945
First Holder:Vice-Admiral
Sir Denis Boyd
Abolished:November, 1947
Final Holder:Rear-Admiral
Geoffrey N. Oliver
Deputy:Second-in-Command, Naval Air Stations
Succeeded by:Flag Officer, Air (Home)

The Admiral (Air) was a senior British Royal Navy appointment from June, 1945 to November, 1947. The office holder was responsible for the command of the Naval Air Stations in support of the Fleet Air Arm. In November, 1947 the office was renamed Flag Officer, Air (Home).


The post of Admiral (Air) was established in June 1945 following a renaming of the post of Flag Officer, Naval Air Stations to provide land based support for the Fleet Air Arm, that was transferred from the RAF to the Royal Navy. The office holder was originally styled as Rear Admiral, Naval Air Stations and was responsible for building and developing naval air stations with different capabilities. In November, 1947 the post was renamed Flag Officer, Air (Home).[1]

Office Holders

Office Succession

  • Rear-Admiral, Naval Air Stations (1939–1943)
  • Flag Officer, Naval Air Stations (1943–1945)
  • Admiral (Air) (1945–1947)
  • Flag Officer, Air (Home) (1947–1963)
  • Flag Officer, Naval Air Command (1963–2010)
  • Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Aviation and Carriers) (2010–present).


  1. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation in World War 2, 1939–1945". Gordon Smith, 19 September 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  2. Admiralty, British. (July 1945) The Navy List. Flag Officers in Commission. H.M.S.O. London. England. p.2345.