Flag Officer, Aircraft Carriers

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Office of the
Flag Officer, Aircraft Carriers
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Department of Admiralty (1953-1964)
Navy Department (1964-1970)
AbbreviationFOAC
Member ofBoard or Committee Here
Reports toCommander-in-Chief, Home Fleet
Commander-in-Chief, Western Fleet
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Minister of Defence for the Royal Navy
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
PrecursorFlag Officer, Heavy Squadron, Home Fleet
FormationDecember, 1953
First holderRear-AdmiralWalter T. Couchman
Final holderRear-Admiral Michael F. Fell
AbolishedJuly, 1970
SuccessionFlag Officer, Carriers and Amphibious Ships

The Flag Officer, Aircraft Carriers, (FOAC) was a senior British Royal Navy appointment from December, 1954 to July, 1970. The office holder was responsible for the command of the Fleet, Squadron or Station here.

History

A Flag Officer with specific responsibilities for command of aircraft carriers within the Royal Navy was first established in September 1931 with the appointment of Rear-Admiral Reginald Henderson as Rear-Admiral, Carriers.[1] He was succeeded by Rear-Admiral the Hon. Sir Alexander R. M. Ramsay later Vice-Admiral, Carriers. The post was held by successive flag officers under the titles as stated.In December 1953 the Flag Officer, Heavy Squadron Home Fleet became Flag Officer, Aircraft Carriers with a responsibility for all the operational carriers. In June 1968 the post Flag Officer, Aircraft Carriers was renamed to Flag Officer, Carriers and Amphibious Ships, (FOCAS) which continued till December 1979.

The office holder reported to different senior flag officers during its existence including the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet,[2] and the Commander-in-Chief, Western Fleet.

Office Holders

Included:[3]

Flag Officer, Aircraft Carriers
Rank Flag Name Term Notes
1 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Walter T. Couchman December 1953-December 1954 (as First Flag Officer Carriers) [4]
2 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Arthur R. Pedder December 1954-May 1956
3 Vice-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Manley Laurence Power May 1956-October 1957
4 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Hector C. D. MacLean October 1957-January 1958
5 Vice-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Alexander N.C. Bingley January 1958-January 1959
6 Vice-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Charles L.G. Evans January 1959-March 1960
7 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Richard M. Smeeton March 1960-January 1962
8 Vice-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Frank H.E. Hopkins January 1962-January 1963
9 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Donald C.E.F. Gibson January 1963-April 1964
10 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png H. Richard B. Janvrin April 1964-February 1966
11 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png William D. O’Brien February 1966-April 1967
12 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png L. Derek Empson April 1967-June 1970
13 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Michael F. Fell June 1968 - July 1970

Note: The office holder was also known as Flag Officer, Aircraft Carriers in July 1970 the post is renamed Flag Officer, Carriers and Amphibious Ships

References

  1. Brown, David K. (2006). Nelson to Vanguard : warship development, 1923-1945 (Paperback ed.). London: Chatham. p. 201. ISBN 9781591146025.
  2. Beaver, Paul (1987). Encyclopaedia of the Fleet Air Arm since 1945. Wellingborough, Northamptonshire: P. Stephens. p. 38. ISBN 9780850597608.
  3. Mackie.pp.84.
  4. "The Fighting Services". Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News. 99: 636. 11 November 1960.

Bibliography

  1. Beaver, Paul (1987). Encyclopaedia of the Fleet Air Arm since 1945. Wellingborough, Northamptonshire: P. Stephens. ISBN 9780850597608.
  2. Brown, David K. (2006). Nelson to Vanguard : warship development, 1923-1945 (Paperback ed.). London: Chatham. ISBN 9781591146025.
  3. Mackie, Colin (2019). "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin.com. Colin Mackie. Scotland, UK.
  4. "The Fighting Services". Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News. 99: 636. 11 November 1960.