British Pacific Fleet
|British Pacific Fleet|
|Active||22 November 1944|
|Disbanded||15 September, 1948|
Fleet Train 94 Ships
|Part of||Department of Admiralty|
|Garrison/HQ||RAN Base, Sydney, Australia (1944-1946), RN Base, Hong Kong (1946-1948)|
|First||Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser|
|Last||Admiral, Sir Denis Boyd.|
The British Pacific Fleet one of the geographical divisions into which the Department of Admiralty administered its worldwide responsibilities. For command purposes the Royal Navy was divided into a number of major or local stations, fleets or or other formations, each normally under an admiral or senior officer. Each command contained at least one dockyard and naval base for the formations assigned to the relevant command.
- 1 History
- 2 Naval HQ
- 3 Sea Commanders (BPF)
- 4 Components
- 5 Additional Notes
- 6 References
The British Pacific Fleet formally came into being on 22 November 1944 from the remaining ships of the former Eastern Fleet then being re-designated the East Indies Fleet and continuing to be based in Trincomalee. The British Pacific Fleet's main base was at Sydney, Australia, with a forward facilities at Manus Island Naval Base. On 15 September, 1946 the British Pacific Fleet under its final commander-in-chief Vice-Admiral Sir Denis Boyd based in Sydney, Australia moved his headquarters and supporting staff to Hong Kong now called the Far East Station. On 15 September 1948 he moved his headquarters again this time to Singapore and the British Pacific Fleet officially ceased to exist. By this time Admiral Sir Denis Boyd became known as Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station.
Commander-in-Chief, British Pacific Fleet
Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, British Pacific Fleet
Sea Commanders (BPF)
The C-in-C, BPF delegated sea command of the BPF to Vice Admiral Sir Bernard Rawlings, his second-in-command.
Vice-Admiral, Second-in-Command, British Pacific Fleet
Vice-Admiral Commanding British Task Forces, British Pacific Fleet
|Vice-Admiral Commanding British Task Forces, British Pacific Fleet|
|1||Vice-Admiral||Sir Henry Bernard Hughes Rawlings||June, 1945 – July 1945.|
At various times it encompassed naval formations and other ships not attached to other fleets. In addition to shore establishments including, barracks, dockyards, depots, hospitals, refitting and re-supply bases, naval bases or victualling yards. Those components that were part of this station are shown below.
|1st Battle Squadron||December, 1944||September, 1945|
|2nd Cruiser Squadron||April, 1945||April 1946|
|4th Cruiser Squadron||November, 1944||April 1946|
|Aircraft Carriers (British Pacific Fleet)||17 January, 1945||1948|
|Destroyers (British Pacific Fleet)||17 January, 1945||April 1946|
|Fleet Train (British Pacific Fleet)||10 October, 1944||July, 1945|
|Administration, (British Pacific Fleet)||October, 1944||September, 1945|
|Naval Air Stations, Australia||December, 1944||18 October 1945|
|Naval Air Stations, Pacific||18 October 1945||?|
|Quartermaster (British Pacific Fleet)||March, 1945||April, 1946|
|Western Area, British Pacific Fleet||July, 1945||October, 1945|
|Manus Island Naval Base||January 1944||1948|
|Cockatoo Island Dockyard||1857||1991|
|Garden Island Naval Yard||1856||1967|
|Royal Australian Naval Base, Brisbane||1944||1994|
|Royal Australian Naval Base, Melbourne||1944||1946|
|Royal Australian Naval Base, Port Morseby||1943||1967|
|Royal Australian Naval Base, Sydney||1944||1946|
|Royal Naval Barracks, Sydney||1944||1946|
Vice-Admiral Sir Bernard Rawlings in his role as Second in Command of the British Pacific Fleet was also appointed Vice-Admiral Commanding British Task Forces, British Pacific Fleet from June to July, 1945.
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- Hobbs. pp. 347-377.
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