Flag Officer, Medway

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Office of the Flag Officer Medway
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Department of Admiralty, Navy Department
Reports toCommander-in-Chief, Naval Home Command, (1969-1983)
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed
Inaugural holderRear-Admiral I.William T. Beloe

The Flag Officer Medway [1] was a senior Royal Navy appointment first created in February 1961 as an additional role for the Admiral-Superintendent Chatham.On 5 September 1971, all remaining flag officers in the Royal Navy holding dual positions of Admiral Superintendents at Royal Dockyards were re-designated as Port Admirals. This office was abolished in 1983.


On 7 March 1960 following a House of Commons debate on changes within the command organisation of the Royal Navy during peace time the existing Admiral-Superintendent Chatham was to be given the additional responsibilities as a local area commander and additional title that of Flag Officer Medway,[2] this was enacted in February 1961 with the appointment of Rear-Admiral I.William T. Beloe holding both titles. On 14 October 1968 it was later announced in the House Commons debate on the Ministry of Defence discussing part of the changes in the Naval Shore Command Organisation in the United Kingdom were to be centralised under a single Admiral the Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command he assumed responsibility for the former offices of Commander-in-Chief Portsmouth and Commander-in-Chief Plymouth, their posts were downgraded were re-graded as area flag officers in addition to this post.[3] On 5 September 1971, all remaining Flag Officers in the Royal Navy holding positions of Admiral Superintendents at Royal Dockyards were re-designated as Port Admirals.[4] Flag Officer Medway continued to hold the dual title of Port Admiral Chatham until the appointment Rear-Admiral William A. Higgins in August 1982 as the final office holder when this office was abolished in 1983.

Office Holders


  1. Rear-Admiral I.William T. Beloe: February 1961 – December 1963
  2. Rear-Admiral Ian L.T.Hogg: December 1963 – July 1966
  3. Vice-Admiral Sir W. John Parker: July 1966 – September 1969 [6]
  4. Rear-Admiral Frederick C.W. Lawson: September 1969 – November 1971 [7]
  5. Rear-Admiral Colin C.H. Dunlop: November 1971 – January 1974 [8]
  6. Rear-Admiral Stephen F. Berthon: January 1974 – July 1976
  7. Rear-Admiral Christopher M. Bevan: July 1976 – August 1978 [9]
  8. Rear-Admiral Charles B. Williams: August 1978 – August 1980
  9. Rear-Admiral George M.K. Brewer: August 1980 – August 1982
  10. Rear-Admiral William A. Higgins: August 1982 – 1983 [10]


  1. "FLAG OFFICER, MEDWAY". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Kew, Surrey, England.: National Archives, UK. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  2. Commons, Great Britain Parliament House of (1959). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard).: House of Commons official report. London: H.M. Stationery Office. p. 192.
  3. Paxton, J. (2016). The Statesman's Year-Book 1990-91. Berlin: Springer. p. 1315. ISBN 9780230271197.
  4. "Dockyard Timeline: 1971 – Admiral Superintendents become Port Admirals". Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  5. Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865". gulabin.com. Colin Mackie, pp.108–109. February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  6. Vat, Dan van der (12 June 2005). "Obituary: Vice Adm Sir John Parker". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  7. Obituary (30 March 2010). "Rear-Admiral Derick Lawson". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  8. Obituary (29 March 2009). "Rear-Admiral Colin Dunlop". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  9. "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. The Peerage, 8 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  10. Obituary (6 February 2007). "Rear-Admiral Bill Higgins". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 February 2018.