Far East Station

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Far East Station
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
ActiveSeptember, 1946
DisbandedNovember, 1962
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
TypeStation
Part ofDepartment of Admiralty
Garrison/HQRN Base, Hong Kong (1946-1948), RN Base, Singapore, Malaya (1948-1962)
Commanders
FirstVice-Admiral, Sir Denis Boyd.
LastAdmiral Sir David Luce

The Far East Station also known as the Far Eastern Station was a major naval command area of the Royal Navy established on 15 September, 1946 when the British Pacific Fleet under its final commander-in-chief Vice-Admiral Sir Denis Boyd based in Sydney, Australia moved its headquarters and staff to Hong Kong now called the Far East Station.[1] On 15 September 1948 its headquarters were moved to Singapore at this point the BPF ceased to exist and the Commander-in-Chief, British Pacific Fleet became Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station.[2]

The Far East Station one of the geographical divisions 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 or other formations, each normally under an admiral or senior officer.[3]

History

The Far East Station was established on 15 September, 1946 when the headquarters and staff of the British Pacific Fleet moved to Hong Kong (HMS Tamar), its final commander-in-chief Vice-Admiral Sir Denis William Boyd[4][5] had earlier been appointed additionally Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station in June, 1946 [6] but he did not assume command of this station until September 1948, when he moved to Singapore and assumed the title of Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station.[7] At this point the British Pacific Fleet officially ceased to exit.[8] The stations initial principal base and dockyard was Hong Kong then later Singapore, Hong Kong however remained a support base. Its sub commands were Hong Kong and Malaya. In November, 1962 a joint services Far East Command was re established at Singapore and the Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station, Admiral Sir David Luce was then appointed the first unified Commander-in-Chief, Far East.[9] At the same time naval commander in the far east changed from Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station to Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Far East Fleet and Vice-Admiral Desmond Parry Dreyer became the first office holder and subsequently the Far East Station was re-titled the Far East Fleet which then became the maritime force of the Far East Command.[10]

Fleet HQ

Commander-in-Chief, British Pacific Fleet (1946-1948)

Chief of Staff to Commander-in-Chief, British Pacific Fleet

Seagoing Commander

Vice-Admiral, Second-in-Command, British Pacific Fleet (1944-1946)

Fleet HQ

Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station (1948-1962)

Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station (1948-1962)

Captain of the Fleet, Far East Station

Seagoing Commander

Flag Officer, Second-in-Command, Far East Station (1948-1962)

Components

At various times it encompassed naval formations and other ships not attached to other fleets. In addition to shore establishments including, barracks, dockyards, depots, hospitals, refitting and re-supply bases, naval bases or victualling yards. Those components that were part of this station are shown below.

Naval Sub Commands

Stations From To Ref
Hong Kong September, 1948 November, 1962
Malaya and Forward Areas September, 1948 April 1956
Malayan Area April 1956 April 1956
Singapore September, 1948 November, 1962

Formations

Unit From To Notes/Ref
Far East Fleet 1948 1962

Naval Establishments

Shore Establishments From To Notes/Ref
Hong Kong Naval Yard 1948 1962 (dates in this command)
Kowloon Naval Yard 1948 1962 (ditto)
Singapore Dockyard 1948 1962 (ditto)

References

  1. Hobbs, David. "THE BRITISH PACIFIC FLEET IN 1945 A Commonwealth effort and a remarkable achievement" (PDF). navy.gov.au. Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  2. Hobbs, David (2012). "15: A Peacetime Fleet". The British Pacific Fleet: The Royal Navy's Most Powerful Strike Force. Barnsley, England.: Seaforth Publishing. pp. 347–377. ISBN 978-1-84832-048-2.
  3. "Records of Stations and Fleets". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Kew, Surrey, England.: National Archives UK. 1702–1969. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  4. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945: Boyd, Sir Denis William". www.unithistories.com. Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  5. Admiralty, (July 1946). British. The Navy List. Flag Officers in Commission. H.M.S.O. London. England. p.1871.
  6. Admiralty, (October 1948). British. The Navy List. Flag Officers in Commission. H.M.S.O. London. England. p.1039.
  7. Hobbs. pp. 347-377.
  8. Hobbs. pp. 347-377.
  9. "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.
  10. Imperial War Museum London November 1962.