Captain of the Fleet, Western Fleet
|Office of the Captain of the Fleet, Western Fleet|
Ensign of the Royal Navy
|Navy Department (Ministry of Defence)|
|Reports to||Commander-in-Chief, Western Fleet|
|Nominator||Secretary of State for Defence|
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
|Term length||Not fixed (typically 1–2 years)|
|Precursor||Captain of the Fleet, Home Fleet|
|First holder||Captain Frederick W. Hayden|
|Final holder||Captain Roderick D. Macdonald|
|Succession||Captain 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.
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.
Post holders included:
|Captain of the Fleet, Western Fleet|
|1||Captain||Frederick W. Hayden||June 1967-July 1968.|
|2||Captain||Richard E. Roe||July 1968-January 1970.|
|2||Captain||Roderick D. Macdonald||January 1970-November 1971.|
- Captain Frederick W. Hayden was previously Captain of the Home Fleet from July 1966 to June 1967.
- Captain Roderick D. Macdonald continued as Captain of The Fleet until February 1972.
- Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). Gulabin. Scotland: C. Mackie. p. 138. Retrieved 4 September 2019.