Commander-in-Chief, Levant

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Office of the
Commander-in-Chief, Levant
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Reports toFirst Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff (1943)
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
PrecursorCommander-in-Chief Mediterranean Fleet
Formation1943
First holderVice-Admiral: Sir Henry Harwood.
Final holderVice-Admiral: John Henry Dacres Cunningham.
Abolished1943
SuccessionCommander-in-Chief, Levant Station


The Commander-in-Chief, Levant was a senior administrative shore commander of the Royal Navy whose post was established from February to December 1943. He controlled and directed the Levant Command.[1] In October 1943 the office holders title was changed to Commander-in-Chief, Levant Station.

History

The Commander-in-Chief, Levant was a senior administrative shore commander of the Royal Navy whose post was established from February to December 1943. The British Chiefs of Staff Committee ordered at that time that the Mediterranean Fleet was to be divided into two commands; one responsible for naval operations involving ships, and the other administrative and support, responsible for shore establishments..[2] His subordinate establishments, and staff were sometimes informally known as the Levant Command. In October 1943 the title was changed to Commander-in-Chief, Levant Station.

Office Holders

Post holders included:[3]

Commander-in-Chief, Levant [4]
Rank Flag Name Term Notes/Ref
1 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Henry Harwood Harwood 22 February – 5 June 1943 [3]
2 Admiral Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir John Henry Dacres Cunningham 5 June 1943 – August 1943 [3]

References

  1. Stewart, Ninian (2013). The Royal Navy and the Palestine Patrol. Cambridge, England: Routledge. p. 178. ISBN 9781135283506.
  2. (Viscount), Andrew Browne Cunningham Cunningham of Hyndhope (2006). The Cunningham Papers: Selections from the Private and Official Correspondence of Admiral of the Fleet Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope. Farnham, England: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 69. ISBN 9780754655985.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865: Commander-in-Chief, Levant: Flag Officer, Middle East" (PDF). gulabin,com. C. Mackie, p. 171, June 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  4. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organization in World War 2, 1939-1945". naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 19 September 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2018.