Commander-in-Chief, Levant Station

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Office of the
Commander-in-Chief, Levant Station
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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, Levant
First holderVice-Admiral Sir Algernon Usborne Willis
Final holderVice-Admiral:
SuccessionFlag Officer, Levant and Eastern Mediterranean

The Commander-in-Chief, Levant Station was a senior administrative shore commander of the Royal Navy whose post was established in October, 1943 following a renaming of the earlier office Commander-in-Chief, Levant (Feb-Oct, 1943). He controlled and directed the Levant Station. In December 1943 the office holders title was changed to Flag Officer, Levant and Eastern Mediterranean, and subsequently Levant Station was renamed Eastern Mediterranean Command.


The Commander-in-Chief, Levant Station was a senior administrative shore commander of the Royal Navy whose post was originally established from February to October 1943 as the Commander-in-Chief, Levant. 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..[1] His subordinate establishments, and staff were sometimes informally known as the Levant Command. On 14 October the title of C-in-C Levant was changed to C-in-C Levant Station. On 28 December 1943 the title was changed to Flag Officer, Eastern Mediterranean and subsequently the Levant Command was renamed Eastern Mediterranean Command[2]

Office Holders

Post holders included:[3]

Commander-in-Chief, Levant Station
Rank Flag Name Term Notes/Ref
1 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Algernon Usborne Willis 14 October – December, 1943 [4]


  1. (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.
  2. Roskill, S.W. (2004). The war at sea : 1939-1945 : history of the second world war. Uckfield, Eng.: Naval and Military Press. p. 422. ISBN 9781843428053.
  3. 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. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "World War II unit histories & RN officers: W." Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 17 October 2020.