Far East Fleet

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Far East Fleet
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active15 September 1948
DisbandedNovember 1971
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Part ofFar East Command
Commanders
FirstVice-Admiral Desmond Parry Dreyer
LastVice-Admiral J. Anthony R. Troup

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.

The Far East Fleet one of the operational formations into which the Department of Admiralty administered its worldwide responsibilities. For command purposes the Royal Navy was divided into a number of major or local stations, fleets or other formations, each normally under an admiral or senior officer.[2]


History

The British Far East Fleet was a major naval formation of the Royal Navy initially established on 15 September 1948, as the constituent naval force assigned to the Far East Station naval command area under the Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station.[3] In November, 1962 a joint service command was established at Singapore and the Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station Admiral Sir David Luce was then appointed the first unified Far East Command as Commander-in-Chief, Far East Command.[4]

The Far East Station was then abolished at which point the Far East Fleet became it's maritime component under the control and direction of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Far East Fleet with Vice-Admiral Desmond Parry Dreyer became the first office holder.[5] In November 1971, further consolidation by the Ministry of Defence resulted in the Western Fleet being amalgamated with the Far East Fleet to form a single Fleet Command. It was commanded by a four star admiral who held the title Commander-in-Chief Fleet.[6]

Naval HQ

Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Far East Fleet

Chief of Staff to the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Far East Fleet

Commander, Far East Fleet

Chief of Staff to the Commander, Far East Fleet

Flag Officer, Second-in-Command, Far East Fleet

Commodore, Amphibious Forces, Far East Fleet
Captain of the Fleet, Far East Fleet

Components

In February 1963 the remaining destroyer and frigate squadrons in the Home, Mediterranean and Far East Fleets were amalgamated into Escort Squadrons. In 1967 those remaining escort squadrons serving in the Far East Fleet were re designated Far East Destroyer Squadrons.[7]

Naval Formations

Unit From To Notes/Ref
1st Aircraft Carrier Squadron 1948 1948 (Hong Kong).[8]
8th Destroyer Flotilla 1948 1962 (Hong Kong) renamed 8th D Sqn.[9]
1st Escort Flotilla 1948 1949 (Hong Kong) [10]
5th Cruiser Squadron September, 1948 May, 1960 (Hong Kong).[11]
3rd Frigate Squadron 1949 1962 [12]
4th Frigate Squadron 1949 1962 [13]
6th Mine Countermeasures Squadron 1962 1962 [14]
7th Mine Countermeasures Squadron 1962 1962 [15]
6th Minesweeper Flotilla 1948 1950 [16]
6th Minesweeper Squadron 1950 1954 (Singapore)[17]
120th Minesweeper Squadron 1951 1962 (Singapore)[18]
4th Submarine Flotilla 1948 1948 (Singapore).[19]
7th Submarine Division September, 1948 date upgraded to Sqn 1966-1971.[20]
8th Destroyer Squadron November 1962 May 1963 [21]
21st Escort Squadron 1964 1965 [22]
22nd Escort Squadron 1963 1964 [23]
23rd Escort Squadron 1965 1966 [24]
24th Escort Squadron 1963 1966 [25]
25th Escort Squadron 1963 1965 [26]
26th Escort Squadron 1963 1966 [27]
29th Escort Squadron 1965 1966 [28]
30th Escort Squadron 1964 1965 [29]
1st Far East Destroyer Squadron January 1967 November 1971 [30]
2nd Far East Destroyer Squadron January 1967 November 1971 [31]
3rd Far East Destroyer Squadron January 1967 November 1972 [32]
3rd Frigate Squadron November 1962 January 1963 [33]
7th Submarine Squadron November 1962 January 1963 [34]
6th Mine-countermeasures Squadron 1962 1971 [35]
8th Mine-countermeasures Squadron 1962 January 1967 [36]
Amphibious Forces (Far East Fleet) 1965 1971 [37]

Naval Shore Establishments

The Far East Fleet was supported by various naval establishments.

Unit From To Ref
HM Naval Base, Hong Kong 1962 1971
HM Dockyard, Singapore 1962 1968
HM Naval Base, Singapore 1962 1968

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.
  2. "Records of Stations and Fleets". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Kew, Surrey, England.: National Archives UK. 1702–1969. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  3. 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.
  4. "UNIFIED COMMAND C IN C, FAR EAST. NOVEMBER 1962, SINGAPORE. WHEN THE UNIFIED COMMAND, FAR EAST, WAS FORMALLY INAUGARATED ON 28 NOVEMBER 1962, ADMIRAL SIR DAVID LUCE, KCB, DSO AND BAR, OBE, BECAME THE FIRST UNIFIED C IN C FAR EAST. THE TITLE OF NAVAL COMMANDER IN THE FAR EAST CHANGED FROM C IN C FAR EAST STATION TO FLAG OFFICER COMMANDING IN CHIEF FAR EAST FLEET, AND VICE ADMIRAL D P DREYER, CB, CBE, DSC, BECAME THE FIRST HOLDER OF THE TITLE". Imperial War Museums. Greenwich, London, England.: Imperial War Museum. November 1962. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  5. Imperial War Museum London November 1962.
  6. "Maritime Affairs". The Army Quarterly and Defence Journal. 101: 404. 1971.
  7. Watson, Dr Graham (12 July 2015). "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment 1947-2013: FAR EAST FLEET". www.naval-history.net. England: Gordon Smith. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  8. Watson, Dr Graham (12 July 2015). "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment 1947-2013". naval-history.net. England.: Gordon Smith. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
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