Fleet Command

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Fleet Command
HMS Warrior
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active1971
Disbanded2012
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
TypeCommand
Fleet HQNorthwood Headquarters

Fleet Command [1] was a formation and naval command of the Royal Navy from 1971 until 2012.

History

In 1967 the Home Fleet and Mediterranean Fleet were merged to form the Western Fleet. The amalgamated fleet was now responsible for United Kingdom home waters, the North and South Atlantic, and the Mediterranean - all Royal Navy operations “West of Suez”. In October 1971 the Far East Fleet was abolished followed by the Western Fleet in November 1971. All Royal Navy forces world wide were then centralised under a single Fleet Command.[2] On 1 November 1971 Admiral Sir Edward Beckwith Ashmore was appointed the first Commander-in-Chief, Fleet. Fleet Command initially consisted three flotillas, the 1st Flotilla based at Portsmouth, the 2nd Flotilla at Devonport and the 3rd Flotilla comprising fleet air craft carriers and amphibious ships.[3] In addition there was also two separate commands for submarines and sea training.[4]

Fleet HQ

Commander-in-Chief, Fleet (1971-2012)

Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Fleet (1990-2012)

Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Fleet (1971-2012)

Chief of Staff, Capability to Commander-in-Chief, Fleet (2007-2012)
Chief of Staff, Personnel to Commander-in-Chief, Fleet (2007-2010)
  1. Rear-Admiral Charles Percival Ross Montgomery, 2007-2010.[5]
Chief of Staff, Support to Commander-in-Chief, Fleet (2002-2007)
  1. Rear-Admiral Philip Duncan Greenish, 2002-2003.[6]
  2. Rear-Admiral Timothy Clive Chittenden, 2003-2005.[7]
  3. Rear-Admiral Michael Kimmons, 2005-2007.[8]
Chief of Staff, Warfare to Commander-in-Chief, Fleet (2002-2006)

References

  1. Roberts, John (2009). "4". Safeguarding the Nation: The Story of the Modern Royal Navy. Pen and Sword. ISBN 978-1-78383-030-5.
  2. Roberts. Chapter 4.
  3. Roberts. Chapter 4.
  4. Roberts. Chapter 4.
  5. "Montgomery, Vice Adm. Sir Charles (Percival Ross), (born 12 April 1955), Director General, UK Border Force, Home Office, 2013–17". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO (2020). Oxford: A & C Black and Oxford University Press. 1 December 2019. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u245533. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  6. "Greenish, Rear Adm. Philip Duncan, (born Sept. 1951), Chairman, Council, University of Southampton, since 2018; Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Engineering, 2003–17". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO (2020). Oxford: A & C Black and Oxford University Press. 1 December 2019. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u43527. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  7. "Chittenden, Rear Adm. Timothy Clive, (born 25 May 1951), non-executive Director, Sellafield Ltd, 2008–16". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO (2020). Oxford: A & C Black and Oxford University Press. 1 December 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u44046. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  8. "Kimmons, Rear Adm. Michael, (born 24 Dec. 1953), Chief Executive, British Orthopaedic Association, 2010–17". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO (2020). Oxford: A & C Black and Oxford University Press. 1 December 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u45206. Retrieved 17 September 2020.