Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Fleet

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Office of the Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Fleet
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Fleet Command
Reports toCommander-in-Chief, Fleet
NominatorSecretary of State for Defence
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
Inaugural holderVice-Admiral, John Ernle Pope
Formation1971-2012

The Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Fleet (COSFLEET) was a senior British Royal Navy appointment. The office holder was the Commander-in-Chief, Fleet's principal staff officer responsible for coordinating the supporting staff of Fleet Headquarters from November 1971 to February 2012.

History

Between 1954 and 1971 Royal Navy senior commands were either abolished or merged into fewer but larger commands.[1] In November 1971, the Western Fleet was merged with the Far East Fleet to form a single seagoing command, commonly known as Fleet Command or the FLEET. The Chief of Staff Fleet was the principal staff officer of the Commander-in-Chief, Fleet's who was responsible for coordinating the supporting senior staff of Fleet Headquarters until April 2012 when the post was abolished.

From February 1990 until April 2012 this office was held the jointly with the office of Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Fleet.[2][3]

Office Holders

Post holders included:[4]

Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief Fleet
Rank Flag Name Term
1 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg John Ernle Pope November 1971- May 1974
2 Rear-Admiral Flag of Rear-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg John O Roberts May 1974-April 1976
3 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Peter E.C. Berger April 1976-October 1978
4 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg William D.M. Staveley October 1978-June 1980
5 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Sir David J. Hallifax June 1980-May 1982
6 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Sir Edward R. Anson May 1982-June 1984
7 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Sir John M. Webster June 1984-November 1986
8 Rear-Admiral Flag of Rear-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Robin I.T. Hogg November 1986-December 1987
9 Rear-Admiral Flag of Rear-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Peter G.V. Dingemans December 1987-February 1990
10 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Sir Roy Newman Feb 1990–June 1992
11 Rear-Admiral Flag of Rear-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Sir Geoffrey Biggs June 1992–June 1994
12 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Sir Jonathan J. R. Tod June 1994–June 1997
13 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Sir Jeremy Blackham June 1997–Jan 1999
14 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Sir Fabian Malbon Jan 1999–May 2001
15 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Sir Jonathon Band May 2001–July 2002
16 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Sir Mark Stanhope July 2002–June 2004
17 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Sir Timothy McClement June 2004–Oct 2006
18 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Paul Boissier Oct 2006–July 2009
19 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Sir Richard Ibbotson July 2009–Jan 2011
20 Vice-Admiral Flag of Rear-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Sir George Zambellas Jan 2011–Dec 2011
21 Vice-Admiral Flag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Philip Jones Dec 2011–April 2012

Footnotes

  1. Smith, Gordon. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment 1947-2013: Summary of Fleet Organisation 1972-1981". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 12 July 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  2. The Civil Service Yearbook 1998 p.164.
  3. The Civil Service Yearbook 2002 p.170.
  4. Mackie, Colin (April 2019). "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin. C. Mackie. Retrieved 31 October 2019.