Flag Officer, Carriers and Amphibious Ships

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Office of the
Flag Officer, Carriers and Amphibious Ships
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Navy Department (1964-1997)
AbbreviationFOCAS
Reports toCommander-in-Chief, Fleet
NominatorMinister of Defence for the Royal Navy
Minister of Defence for the Royal Navy
AppointerSecretary of State for Defence
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
PrecursorFlag Officer, Aircraft Carriers
FormationJuly, 1970
First holderRear-Admiral Michael F. Fell
Final holderRear-Admiral Peter G.M. Herbert
AbolishedJuly, 1979
SuccessionFlag Officer, Third Flotilla

The Flag Officer, Carriers and Amphibious Ships, (FOCAS) was a senior British Royal Navy appointment from July, 1970 to July, 1979. The office holder was responsible for the command of all fleet carriers and warships of the navy. The office was superseded by the Flag Officer, Third Flotilla.

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 when it was renamed Flag Officer, Third Flotilla.

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

Office Holders

Included:[3]

Flag Officer, Carriers and Amphibious Ships
Rank Flag Name Term Notes
1 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Michael Frampton Fell July 1970
2 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png John Devereux Treacher July 1970-May 1972
3 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Raymond Derek Lygo May 1972-January 1974
4 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Arthur Desmond Cassidi January 1974-May 1975
5 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png James Henry Fuller Eberle May 1975-March 1977
6 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png William Doveton Minet Staveley March 1977-July 1978
7 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Peter Geoffrey Marshall Herbert July 1978 – July 1979

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, Colin (2019). "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin.com. Colin Mackie. Scotland, UK. p.84.

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.