Surface Flotilla

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Surface Flotilla
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Part ofFleet Command
Garrison/HQHMNB Portsmouth
FirstVice-Admiral A. Peter Woodhead
LastRear-Admiral Alexander K. Backus

The Surface Flotilla was a fleet level naval formation of the Royal Navy commanded the Flag Officer Surface Flotilla from 1990 to 2002.


When a single Fleet Command was created in 1971, three major components were also created: First Flotilla, Second Flotilla and Flag Officer, Carriers and Amphibious Ships, each held by a rear-admiral.[1] 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.[2]

Naval HQ

Flag Officer Surface Flotilla

Component Units

At various times included:

Unit Date Notes
3rd Destroyer Squadron 1990–2002 [3]
5th Destroyer Squadron 1990–2002 [4]
1st Frigate Squadron 1990–2002 [5]
3rd Frigate Squadron 1990–2002 [6]
4th Frigate Squadron 1990–2002 [7]
5th Frigate Squadron 1990–2002 [8]
6th Frigate Squadron 1990–2002 [9]
7th Frigate Squadron 1990–2002 [10]
8th Frigate Squadron 1990–2002 [11]


  1. Roberts, John (2009). Safeguarding the Nation: The Story of the Modern Royal Navy. Barnsley, England: Seaforth Publishing. p. 89. ISBN 9781848320437.
  2. Watson, Dr Graham; Smith, Gordon (12 July 2015). "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment 1947–2013". G. Smith. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
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