Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth

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Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Active 1743 - 1969
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Garrison/HQ Mount Wise

The Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth was a senior commander of the Royal Navy for hundreds of years. Plymouth Command was a name given to the units, establishments, and staff operating under the admiral's command. Prior to 1914 the holder of the office was known as Commander-in-Chief, Devonport.


The post dates back to around 1743.[1] It extended along the South Coast from Exmouth in East Devon to Penzance in Cornwall.[2] In 1941, during World War II, elements of Plymouth Command were transferred to Western Approaches Command which was established at Derby House in Liverpool.[3] Meanwhile Plymouth Command occupied a new Headquarters, known as the Maritime Headquarters, at Mount Wise.[4] The post of Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth was merged with that of Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth in 1969 to form Naval Home Command.[5]

After 1969 the Maritime Headquarters became the home of the Flag Officer, Plymouth until, that post was also disbanded in 1996 and the dockyard and barracks became HM Naval Base Plymouth.[4]

Commanders-in-Chief and Flag Officers[edit]

Commanders-in-Chief and Flag Officers have included:[6][7][8]
Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth

Flag Officer, Plymouth