Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth

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Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
Active 1697 - 1969
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
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.

History[edit]

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 World War II the Command Headquarters was at Fort Southwick.[4] 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.[5]

Commanders-in-Chief[edit]

Commanders-in-Chief have included:[6][1][7]
Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth

Commander-in-Chief, Naval Home Command

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