Commander-in-Chief, British Pacific Fleet

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Office of the
Commander-in-Chief, British Pacific Fleet
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Department of Admiralty
AbbreviationC. in C. B.P.F.
Reports toFirst Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
PrecursorCommander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet
First holderAdmiral Sir Bruce Fraser
Final holderAdmiral Sir Denis Boyd
SuccessionCommander-in-Chief, Far East Station

The Commander-in-Chief, British Pacific Fleet was a senior British Royal Navy appointment created on 22 November, 1944 until 15 September, 1948.

The office holder was responsible for the command of the British Pacific Fleet.


The office was created in 1944 following a decision by the Department of Admiralty to split up the Eastern Fleet based in Trincomalee, Ceylon, its key capital ships were used to form the British Pacific Fleet. The remaining units of the Eastern Fleet formed a new East Indies Fleet for operations in the Indian Ocean area. The post holder was originally headquartered in Sydney, Australia he moved his headquarters and staff to Hong Kong in September, 1946..[1] The new HQ became known as the Far East Station.[2] On 15 September, 1948 his tile was changed to Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station, at which point the British Pacific Fleet officially ceased to exist.[3]

Office Holders

Commander-in-Chief, British Pacific Fleet
Rank Flag Name Term
1 Admiral Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Bruce Fraser 22 November, 1944 – 15 September, 1946.[4]
2 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Denis Boyd 15 September, 1946 – 21 January, 1948.
3 Admiral Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Denis Boyd 21 January, 1948 – 15 September, 1948.[5]


  1. Hobbs, David. "THE BRITISH PACIFIC FLEET IN 1945 A Commonwealth effort and a remarkable achievement" (PDF). Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  2. Hobbs. pp. 347-377.
  3. Hobbs. pp. 347-377.
  4. "Uncatalogued: Fraser, Bruce Austin, Admiral, 1881-1981 & Fraser, Alexander, General, Fl. 1814-1898. MSS/83/158". Greenwich, London, England.: Royal Museums Greenwich. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  5. The Navy List.(Oct 1948). p.1039.