Commander, Far East Fleet

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Commander, Far East Fleet
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Navy Department
Reports toCommander-in-Chief, Far East
NominatorFirst Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
AppointerSecretary of State for Defence
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
PrecursorFlag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Far East Fleet
FormationApril, 1964
First holderVice-Admiral Desmond Parry Dreyer
Final holderVice-Admiral John Anthony Rose Troup
AbolishedNovember 1971
SuccessionCommander-in-Chief, the Fleet

The Commander, Far East Fleet (COMFEF) was a senior British Royal Navy appointment. He was responsible for the command of the Far East Fleet from 1964 to 1971.[1]


In November, 1962 a joint service command was established at Singapore and the Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station Admiral Sir David Luce was then appointed Commander-in-Chief, Far East of the unified Far East Command.[2] At the same time naval commander's title in the far east changed from Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station to Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Far East Fleet. In April 1964 his title was renamed to Commander, Far East Fleet. In November 1971, further consolidation by the Ministry of Defence resulted in the Western Fleet being amalgamated with the Far East Fleet to form a single seagoing command. It was commanded by a four star admiral who held the title Commander-in-Chief Fleet.[3]

Office Holders

Commander, Far East Fleet
Rank Flag Name Term
1 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Desmond Parry Dreyer April, 1964 – June, 1967.[4]
2 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png William Donough O'Brien June, 1967 – September, 1969.[5][6]
3 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Leslie Derek Empson September, 1969. – April 1971.[7][8]
4 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png John Anthony Rose Troup April – November 1971.[9]


  1. Mackie, Colin (February 2020). "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). Scotland: C. Mackie. p. 152. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  2. Imperial War Museum London November 1962.
  3. "Maritime Affairs". The Army Quarterly and Defence Journal. 101: 404. 1971.
  4. Mackie. p.152.
  5. Mackie. p.152.
  6. "Admiral Sir William O'Brien: Naval officer who served at D-Day". The Independent. London, England. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  7. Mackie. p.152.
  8. "Fading Away". Commanders Digest. U.S. Government Printing Office. 9: 8. 26 December 1970. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  9. Mackie. p.152.