Flag Officer, Naval Flying Training

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Office of the
Flag Officer, Naval Flying Training
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Navy Department (1964-1970)
Reports toFlag Officer, Naval Air Command
NominatorFirst Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
PrecursorFlag Officer, Flying Training
FormationJuly 1964
First holderRear-Admiral Donald C.E.F. Gibson
Final holderRear-Admiral Philip D. Gick
AbolishedNovember 1970

The Flag Officer, Naval Flying Training was a senior Royal Navy appointment responsible for all naval aviation flying training from July 1964 to November 1970 .


The command was originally established in September 1945 when the office of Flag Officer, Carrier Training and Administration then a three star post was abolished to create three subordinate commands each concentrating on naval aviation training for their respective areas of focus. This office succeeded the post of Flag Officer, Flying Training. The office was abolished in 1970.[1].

The officer holder reported to the Flag Officer, Naval Air Command from 1964 to 1970.

Office Holders

Post holders included:[2]
  • Rear-Admiral Donald C.E.F. Gibson: July 1964 – October 1965
  • Rear-Admiral David W. Kirke: October 1965 – February 1968
  • Rear-Admiral Cedric K. Roberts: February 1968 – November 1970


  1. "Naval Aviation Organization: Admiralty Organization: Command Organization" (PDF). flightglobal.com. Flight Magazine, 20 April 1951. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  2. Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865". gulabin. Colin Mackie June 2018.p.246. Retrieved 12 June 2018.