Far East Command

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Far East Command
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Ministry of Defence Tri Service Seal
ActiveNovember 1962
DisbandedNovember 1971
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
BranchBritish Armed Forces
Part ofMinistry of Defence
Commanders
FirstAdmiral Sir David Luce
LastAir Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burnett

The Far East Command was a joint services command established in November, 1962 covering the region covered China, Hong Kong, British Commonwealth Occupation Force, Japan and Singapore. Major bases included Hong Kong (HMS Tamar) and Singapore. It was organised as an interservice command. On 11 January 1971, Far East Command was disbanded at Singapore.

Command HQ

Commander-in-Chief, Far East Command (1962-1971)

  1. Admiral Sir David Luce, November, 1962 – 24 April 1963.
  2. Admiral Sir Varyl Begg, 24 April 1963 – 28 May 1965.
  3. Air Chief Marshal Sir John Grandy, 28 May 1965 – 1 February 1967 .
  4. General Sir Michael Carver, 1 February 1967 – 7 March 1969.
  5. Admiral Sir Peter Hill-Norton, 7 March 1969 – June, 1970.
  6. Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burnett, June, 1970 – 11 January 1971.

Chief of Staff to Commander-in-Chief, Far East Command (1962-1971)

  1. Major-General F. Brian Wyldbore-Smith: November 1962-January 1965
  2. Major-General John Harington: January 1965-June 1967
  3. Rear-Admiral Michael Donald Kyrle Pope: June 1967-December 1969
  4. Major-General Patrick J. Howard-Dobson: December 1969-October 1971

Commander, British Far East Land Forces (1962-1971)

  1. Lieutenant General Sir Reginald Hewetson, November, 1962 – 10 April 1963.
  2. Lieutenant General Sir Reginald Hewetson, 10 April 1963 – 8 June 1964.
  3. Lieutenant General Sir Alan Jolly, 8 June 1964 – 28 July 1966 .
  4. Lieutenant General Sir Michael Carver, 28 July 1966 – 31 January 1967.
  5. Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Pearson, 31 January 1967 – 16 November 1968.
  6. Lieutenant General Sir Peter Hunt, 16 November 1968 – 10 October 1970.
  7. Major General Sandy Thomas, 10 October 1970 – 30 October 1971

Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Far East Fleet (1962-1964)

  1. Vice-Admiral Desmond Parry Dreyer, November, 1962 – April, 1964.

Commander, Far East Fleet (1964-1971)

  1. Vice-Admiral Desmond Parry Dreyer, April, 1964 – June, 1967.
  2. Vice-Admiral William Donough O'Brien, June, 1967 – September, 1969.
  3. Vice-Admiral Leslie Derek Empson, September, 1969. – April 1971.
  4. Vice-Admiral John Anthony Rose Troup, April – November 1971.

Commander-in-Chief of the Far East Air Force (1062-1971)

  1. Air Marshal Sir Hector McGregor, November, 1962 – 10 June 1964.
  2. Air Marshal Sir Peter Wykeham, 10 June 1964 – 8 August 1966.
  3. Air Marshal Sir Rochford Hughes, 8 August 1966 – 11 February 1969.
  4. Air Marshal Sir Neil Wheeler, 11 February 1969 – 1 October 1970.
  5. Air Vice Marshal N M Maynard, 1 October 1970 – 31 October 1971.

Components

Far East Land Forces (Army)

Australian Army Force (Army)

  • Australian Army Force

Far East Air Force (Air)

Far East Fleet (Naval)

The Far East Fleet also known as the British Far East Fleet was a major Royal Navy naval formation initially established on 15 September 1948, as the constituent naval force assigned to the Far East Station under the Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station.[1] In November, 1962 the Far East Station was abolished and replaced by a new joint tri-service Far East Command, at which point the Far East Fleet became it's single service maritime component under the control and direction of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Far East Fleet. The fleets headquarters were at Singapore and it existed until November, 1971.

References

  1. Hobbs. R.N., Commander David (2011). The British Pacific Fleet : the Royal Navy's most powerful strike force. Barnsley, England: Seaforth Publishing. p. 487. ISBN 9781848320482.