Captain of the Fleet, Western Fleet

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Office of the Captain of the Fleet, Western Fleet
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Navy Department (Ministry of Defence)
Reports toCommander-in-Chief, Western Fleet
NominatorSecretary of State for Defence
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–2 years)
PrecursorCaptain of the Fleet, Home Fleet
Formation1967
First holderCaptain Frederick W. Hayden
Final holderCaptain Roderick D. Macdonald
Abolished1971
SuccessionCaptain of the Fleet, the Fleet

The Captain of the Fleet, Western Fleet was a senior British Royal Navy appointment. This naval officer of the rank of captain served on the staff of Commander-in-Chief, Western Fleet and was in charge of staff work pertaining to maintenance of material. The post exited from July 1967 to June 1971.[1]

History

The post of Captain of the Fleet was originally established in 18th century with the office holder being appointed to assist an admiral or commander-in-chief in the discharging of his duties. The Captain of the Fleet, Western Fleet was created in July 1967 the first incumbent of the office was Captain Frederick W. Hayden. The final office holder was Captain Roderick D. Macdonald.[2]

Office Holders

Post holders included:

Captain of the Fleet, Western Fleet
Rank Insig Name Term
1 Captain RN Captain Rank Insignia.png Frederick W. Hayden June 1967-July 1968.[3]
2 Captain RN Captain Rank Insignia.png Richard E. Roe July 1968-January 1970.[4]
2 Captain RN Captain Rank Insignia.png Roderick D. Macdonald January 1970-November 1971.[5]

Additional Information

  1. Captain Frederick W. Hayden was previously Captain of the Home Fleet from July 1966 to June 1967.
  2. Captain Roderick D. Macdonald continued as Captain of The Fleet until February 1972.

References

  1. Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). Gulabin. Scotland: C. Mackie. p. 138. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
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