Commander-in-Chief, The Nore

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Commander-in-Chief, The Nore
Peter Monamy - The flagship Royal Sovereign saluting at the Nore.jpg
The flagship HMS Royal Sovereign saluting at the Nore
Active 1752 - 1961
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Type Fleet
Garrison/HQ Chatham, Kent
John Tovey

The Commander-in-Chief, The Nore was an operational commander of the Royal Navy. His subordinate units, establishments, and staff were sometimes informally known as the Nore Command.


The Nore is a sandbank at the mouth of the River Medway.[1] The command was established at Chatham in 1752[2] and became responsible for sub-commands at Chatham, London (less the Admiralty), Sheerness, Harwich and Humber.[1]

During the Second World War, the station assumed great importance: it was used to guard the east coast convoys supplying the ports of North Eastern England.[1]

With the onset of the Cold War, the station and command diminished in importance as the navy decreased in size. The Nore Command was finally closed on 31 March 1961.[3]


Commanders-in-Chief have included:[4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b c Area Combined Headquarters Chatham & HMS Wildfire
  2. ^ Royal Naval events
  3. ^ Sea Your History
  4. ^ Whitaker's Almanacks 1869 - 1961
  5. ^ William Loney RN
  6. ^ Royal Navy Flag Officers 1904-1975