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

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Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, the Fleet
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Fleet Command
AbbreviationCOSFLEET
Reports toCommander-in-Chief, Fleet
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
AppointerSecretary of State for Defence
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
PrecursorChief of Staff to the Commander, Far East Fleet
Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Western Fleet
FormationNovember 1971
First holderVice-Admiral John Ernle Pope
Final holderVice-Admiral Philip Jones
AbolishedFebruary 2012

The Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief Fleet also informally known as Chief of Staff, Fleet (COSFLEET) was a senior British Royal Navy flag officer 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.[1]

History

Between 1954 and 1971 Royal Navy senior commands were either abolished or merged into fewer but larger commands.[2] 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 the office holder simultaneously held the joint title of Deputy Commander in Chief, the Fleet.[3][4]

Role

The Chief of Staff ran the Fleet Headquarters on a day to day basis. He was responsible for the coordination, prioritisation and coherence of all staff effort within the HQ.

Office Holders

Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, the Fleet
Rank Flag Name Term Ref
1 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png John Ernle Pope November 1971- May 1974 [1]
2 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png John O Roberts May 1974-April 1976 [1]
3 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Peter E.C. Berger April 1976-October 1978 [1]
4 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png William D.M. Staveley October 1978-June 1980 [1]
5 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir David J. Hallifax June 1980-May 1982 [1]
6 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Edward R. Anson May 1982-June 1984 [1]
7 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir John M. Webster June 1984-November 1986 [1]
8 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Robin I.T. Hogg November 1986-December 1987 [1]
9 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Peter G.V. Dingemans December 1987-February 1990 [1]
10 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Roy Newman Feb 1990–June 1992 [1]
11 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Geoffrey Biggs June 1992–June 1994 [1]
12 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Jonathan Tod June 1994–June 1997 [1]
13 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Jeremy Blackham June 1997–Jan 1999 [1]
14 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Fabian Malbon Jan 1999–May 2001 [1]
15 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Jonathon Band May 2001–July 2002 [1]
16 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Mark Stanhope July 2002–June 2004 [1]
17 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Timothy McClement June 2004–Oct 2006 [1]
18 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Paul Boissier Oct 2006–July 2009 [1]
19 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Richard Ibbotson July 2009–Jan 2011 [1]
20 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir George Zambellas Jan 2011–Dec 2011 [1]
21 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Philip Jones Dec 2011–April 2012 [1]

Footnotes

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin.con. Scotland: C. Mackie. pp. 134–135. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  2. 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 28 August 2018.
  3. The Civil Service Yearbook 1998 p.164.
  4. The Civil Service Yearbook 2002 p.170.