Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Fleet

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Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Fleet
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
Service Branch:Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
HQ:Colombo, Ceylon
Commands:East Indies Fleet
Appointed by:First Lord of the Admiralty
Reports to:First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
Term:2-4 years
Established:22 November 1944
First Holder:Admiral Sir Arthur J. Power
Abolished:15 September, 1946
Final Holder:Vice-Admiral Sir Denis William Boyd
Deputy:Deputy to Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Fleet (1944-1946)
Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station

The Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Fleet was a senior British Royal Navy flag officer appointment created on 22 November, 1944 until 15 September, 1946.

The office holder was responsible for the command of the East Indies Fleet.


The office was created in November 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. On 15 September, 1946 the post was abolished.

Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Fleet

Post holders included:[1]

Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Fleet
Rank Flag Name Term
1 Admiral Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Arthur J. Power 22 November 1944 – December 1945 [2]
2 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Clement Moody 15 December 1945 – 8 March 1946 [3]
3 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Denis William Boyd 8 March 1946 – 15 September, 1946


  1. Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865". Colin Mackie, July 2018. pp. 151–152. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  2. Heathcote, T. A. (2002). British Admirals of the Fleet: 1734–1995. Barnsley, England: Pen and Sword. p. 187. ISBN 9780850528350.
  3. Houterman, J.N. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939–1945 – M". Houterman and Kloppes, 2010–2018. Retrieved 12 June 2020.