|East Africa Command|
|H.M. Naval Base||Kilindini, Mombassa, British Kenya|
|First||Commodore 2nd Class Charles Gage Stuart|
|Last||Rear-Admiral Richard Shelley|
The command was controlled and directed by an officer called Flag Officer, East Africa who was headquartered at the Royal Navy base at Kilindini, Mombassa. British Kenya.
The Royal Navy was active in East African waters from as early as the 1850s. Elements of the Royal Navy from the East Indies were involved in suppressing the slave trade in the 1860s. In 1873 the Admiralty established an East Coast of Africa Station as a naval command of the Royal Navy located at Zanzibar. It was a sub-command of the East Indies Station then later Cape of Good Hope Station.
During the First World War, the Commander-in-Chief at the Cape, Admiral King-Hall, expended much effort to destroy the elusive German light cruiser Königsberg. In 1919 the East Coast of Africa Station was deactivated.
During the Second World War an East African command was reformed and was called East Africa and Zanzibar however this was headquartered at the British naval base at Aden, Yemen known as HMS Sheba. It was under the control and direction of the Flag Officer, East Africa and Zanzibar until 2 September, 1942.
On 3 September, 1942 the Flag Officer, East Africa and Zanzibar moved to Kilindini, Mombassa, Kenya. The former East Africa and Zanzibar command was renamed as was his title to Flag Officer, East Africa this command was active until July 1945 when it was abolished.
Flag Officer, East Africa (1942-45)
Commodore, East Africa (1944-45)
|Commodore East Africa|
|1||Commodore 2nd Class||Sir Philip Bowyer-Smyth||25 November 1944 - July 1945.|
- Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945 - Stuart, Charles Gage". www.unithistories.com. Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
Flag Officer East Africa & Zanzibar [HMS Sheba] - Flag Officer East Africa [HMS Tana]
- Houterman and Koppes.