Senior Officer-in-Command, Channel Squadron

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Senior Officer-in-Command, Channel Squadron
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Department of Admiralty
Reports toFirst Naval Lord
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
PrecursorSenior Officer-in-Command, Particular Service Squadron
First holderVice-Admiral Sir Charles Howe Fremantle
Final holderVice-Admiral Sir Arthur K. Wilson
SuccessionAdmiral Commanding, Channel Fleet

The Senior Officer-in-Command, Channel Squadron was a senior British Royal Navy flag officer appointment from 1858 to 1903. The office holder commanded the Channel Squadron.


The office was first created 10 August 1858, the first incumbent of the office was Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Howe Fremantle. The final office holder was Vice-Admiral Sir Arthur K. Wilson.

Office Holders

Post holders have included:[1]

Additional Notes

This Channel Squadron came into being in 1858 following a renaming of the earlier Particular Service Squadron. In 1903 the Channel Squadron was renamed the Channel Fleet, in May, 1903. For other Channel Squadrons see also below.

See Also


  1. Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). Colin Mackie, February 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2020.