Flag Officer, Surface Flotilla
|Flag Officer, Surface Flotilla (FOSF)|
Ensign of the Royal Navy
|Navy Department, Ministry of Defence|
|Reports to||Commander-in-Chief, Fleet|
|Nominator||Secretary of State for Defence|
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
|Term length||Not fixed (typically 1–4 years)|
|Inaugural holder||Vice-Admiral A. Peter Woodhead|
When the post of Commander-in-Chief Fleet was created in 1971, three major subordinate appointments were also created: First Flotilla, Second Flotilla and Flag Officer, Carriers and Amphibious Ships, each held by a rear-admiral. In 1990 the First Flotilla was re-designated Surface Flotilla. In April 1992, the system was changed when the Third Flotilla was abolished and the remaining two flotilla commanders became: Flag Officer, Surface Flotilla – responsible for operational readiness and training – and Flag Officer, UK Task Group – who would command any deployed task group.
- Vice-Admiral A. Peter Woodhead: 1990 – September 1991
- Rear-Admiral A. Bruce Richardson: September 1991 – April 1992
- Vice-Admiral the Hon. Sir Nicholas J. Hill-Norton: April–November 1992
- Vice-Admiral Sir Michael C. Boyce: November 1992 – April 1995
- Vice-Admiral Sir John R. Brigstocke: April 1995 – July 1997
- Rear-Admiral Peter M. Franklyn: July 1997 – April 2000
- Rear-Admiral Ian A. Forbes: April 2000 – November 2001
- Rear-Admiral Alexander K. Backus: November 2001 – 2002
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