Flag Officer, Naval Air Command

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Office of the
Flag Officer, Naval Air Command
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Department of Admiralty (1963-1964)
Navy Department (1964-1997)
AbbreviationFONAC
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Minister of Defence for the Royal Navy
Secretary of State for Defence
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
PrecursorFlag Officer, Air (Home)
FormationSeptember, 1963
First holderVice-Admiral Sir John Hamilton
Final holderRear-Admiral Simon B. Charlier
AbolishedApril, 2010
SuccessionAssistant Chief of Naval Staff (Aviation and Carriers)

The Flag Officer, Naval Air Command (FONAC) was a senior British Royal Navy appointment first established on 30 September, 1963. In April 2010 the office was renamed Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Aviation and Carriers).

History

This post was created on 30 September 1963 as renaming of Flag Officer, Air (Home), which was at the time a Vice-Admiral's command.[1] Sir John Treacher writes in Life at Full Throttle that '..the tasks undertaken by the old Flying Training Command and Flag Officer Air (Home) had now been taken over by the Flag Officer Naval Air Command to form a single entity and the headquarters had been moved from RNAS, Lee-on-Solent to the Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovilton. In April 2010 the post was renamed Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Aviation and Carriers).

Office Holders

  • Vice-Admiral Sir John Hamilton: September 1963 – January 1964
  • Vice-Admiral Sir Richard M. Smeeton: January 1964 – October 1965
  • Vice-Admiral Sir Donald C.E.F. Gibson: October 1965 – October 1968
  • Vice-Admiral Sir H. Richard B. Janvrin: October 1968 – November 1970
  • Vice-Admiral Michael F. Fell: November 1970 – June 1972
  • Vice-Admiral John D. Treacher: June 1972 – August 1973
  • Vice-Admiral Sir Peter M. Austin: August 1973 – August 1976
  • Rear-Admiral John O. Roberts: August 1976 – February 1978
  • Vice-Admiral Sir A. Desmond Cassidi: February 1978 – June 1979
  • Rear-Admiral Edward R. Anson: June 1979 – May 1982
  • Vice-Admiral Sir John Coxx: May 1982 – September 1983
  • Vice-Admiral Sir Derek Reffell: September 1983 – September 1984
  • Rear-Admiral Linley Middleton: September 1984 – February 1987
  • Rear-Admiral Roger Dimmock: February 1987 – August 1988
  • Rear-Admiral Michael Layard: August 1988 – December 1990
  • Rear-Admiral Colin H.D. Cooke-Priest: December 1990 – February 1993
  • Rear-Admiral Ian Garnett: February 1993 – June 1995
  • Rear-Admiral Terence W. Loughran: June 1995 – October 1998
  • Rear-Admiral Iain Henderson : October 1998 – July 2001
  • Rear-Admiral Scott Lidbetter: July 2001–2003
  • Rear-Admiral Simon B. Charlier: September 2008 – April 2010


References

  1. "Air Force, Naval and Army Flying News: Naval Air Command". Flight. 84 (2847): 592. 3 October 1963. Retrieved 17 January 2015.