Malta

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Malta Command
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active1916
Disbanded1979
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
TypeStation
RoleArea Command
Part ofMediterranean Station
Garrison/HQValetta, Malta.
Commanders
FirstSenior Naval Officer in Charge of all Naval Establishments at Malta
SecondRear-Admiral-in-Charge, Malta
ThirdVice-Admiral-in-Charge, Malta
FourthRear-Admiral-in-Charge, Malta
FifthVice-Admiral-in-Charge, Malta
SixthFlag Officer-in-Charge, Malta
SeventhVice-Admiral, Malta
EighthRear-Admiral, Malta
NinthFlag Officer, Malta

Malta was a naval base and area command of the British Royal Navy was established in September 1916 as one of the geographical divisions into which the Royal Navy divided its worldwide responsibilities. Initially it was defined so by the Department of Admiralty to identify the area jurisdiction of the Senior Naval Officer in Charge of all Naval Establishments at Malta then finally the Flag Officer, Malta. The station existed until 1979 when it was abolished.

In Command

Senior Naval Officer-in-Charge, Naval Establishments at Malta

Rear-Admiral-in-Charge, Malta (1921-1929, 1931-1932)

Vice-Admiral-in-Charge, Malta (1929-1931, 1932-1940)

Flag Officer-in-Charge, Malta (1941-1943)

Vice-Admiral, Malta (1943-1946)

Rear-Admiral, Malta (1946-1948)

Flag Officer, Malta (1948-1979)

Note: The post was vacant between 1963 and 1967

Additional titles and Responsibilities

The office holder of the Malta station from 1916 until 1959 held the additional titles of Admiral-Superintendent, Malta Dockyard in charge of the Royal Naval Dockyard and from 1943 to 1945 also held with the additional title of Flag Officer, Central Mediterranean. In 1968 the Flag Officer, Malta was given additional responsibility for the unified MOD command British Forces Malta as Commander British Forces Malta (CBFM) until 1975.