Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth

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Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
The "Victory" (Nelson's Flagship), stern, Portsmouth, England-LCCN2002708062.jpg
HMS Victory, flagship of the Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
Active 1697 - 1969
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  Royal Navy
Type Fleet
Garrison/HQ Fort Southwick

The Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth was a senior commander of the Royal Navy for hundreds of years. Portsmouth Command was a name given to the units, establishments, and staff operating under the post.


An admiral commanding in Portsmouth has been attested as early as 1697, but the first Flag Officer who records clearly establish was responsible for Portsmouth was Rear-Admiral Sir John Moore, appointed in 1766.[1] The Command extended along the south coast from Newhaven in East Sussex to Portland in Dorset.[2] In 1889 the Commander-in-Chief took HMS Victory as his Flagship.[3]

During the Second World War the Command Headquarters was at Fort Southwick.[4]

In 1952 the Commander-in-Chief took up the NATO post of Commander-in-Chief, Channel (CINCHAN). This move added Allied Command Channel to the NATO Military Command Structure. The admiral commanding at Portsmouth had control naval operations in the area since 1949 under WUDO auspices.[5]

The post of Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth was merged with that of Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in 1969 to form the post of Commander-in-Chief, Naval Home Command (CINCNAVHOME).[1] The posts of Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command were amalgamated in 1994 following the rationalisation of the British Armed Forces following the end of the Cold War.[6]


Commanders-in-Chief have included:[7][1][8]
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth

Commander-in-Chief, Naval Home Command