Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Far East Fleet

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Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Far East Fleet
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Navy Department
NominatorFirst Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
AppointerSecretary of State for Defence
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
PrecursorCommander-in-Chief, Far East Station
FormationApril, 1964
First holderVice-Admiral Desmond Parry Dreyer
Final holder[Vice-Admiral Desmond Parry Dreyer
AbolishedMarch 1971
SuccessionCommander, Far East Fleet

The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Far East Fleet was a senior British Royal Navy appointment. He was responsible for the command of the Far East Fleet.[1]

History

In November, 1962 a joint service command was 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 Command.[2] At the same time naval commander's title 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 renamed the Far East Fleet.[3] In April 1964 his title was renamed to Commander, Far East Fleet. In November 1971, further consolidation by the Ministry of Defence resulted in the Western Fleet being amalgamated with the Far East Fleet to form a single seagoing command. It was commanded by a four star admiral who held the title Commander-in-Chief Fleet.[4]

Office Holders

Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Far East Fleet
Rank Flag Name Term
1 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Desmond Parry Dreyer November, 1962 – April, 1964.[5]

References

  1. "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.
  2. Imperial War Museum London November 1962.
  3. Imperial War Museum London November 1962.
  4. "Maritime Affairs". The Army Quarterly and Defence Journal. 101: 404. 1971.
  5. Imperial War Museum London November 1962.