List of fleets and major commands of the Royal Navy

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The professional head of the Royal Navy is known as the First Sea Lord (1SL) as well as the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS).

There are presently two senior sub-ordinates to the 1SL: the Second Sea Lord and the Fleet Commander who is also the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff, both of whom report to the First Sea Lord who is also the Chief of the Naval Staff.


Historic fleets[edit]

  • Atlantic Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Fleet (1909–1914, 1919–1932)
  • Channel Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Channel Fleet (c.1690-1914)
  • Eastern Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Eastern Fleet (formerly only C-in-Cs East Indies, Australia and China Stations), 1941-postwar. Far Eastern Fleet c.1945-1971
  • Home Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Home Fleet (1902–1904 and 1932–1967)
  • Mediterranean Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean (1690–1967)
  • Reserve Fleet - Vice Admiral Commanding, Reserve Fleet (interwar, at least since 1928[1] c.1945 - 1960)
  • Western Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Western Fleet (1967–1971)
  • Grand Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Grand Fleet - 1914-c.1918
  • British Pacific Fleet - Commander-in-Chief British Pacific Fleet (1944–45)


Historic commands[edit]

Flag Officers[edit]

Former Flag Officer positions[edit]

Commodores flying Broad Pennants in command appointments[edit]

  • Commander UK Task Group - COMUKTG
  • Commander Amphibious Task Group - COMUKATG
  • Commander UK Maritime Component - COMUKMARCOMP
  • Commander Maritime Reserves - COMMARRES
  • Commodore of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary - Cdre RFA
  • Commodore, Fleet Air Arm (uncertain whether flies a Broad Pennant)

Former Commodore command appointments[edit]

  • Commodore (Amphibious Warfare) - COMAW or COM(AW) or Cdre (AW)
  • Commodore in Charge, Hong Kong
  • Commodore, Naval Aviation
  • Commodore Commanding New Zealand Squadron, March 1921 - October 1940.[20] HQ Auckland, commanding naval forces in New Zealand. Commodore's appointment abolished and forces brought directly under CNS from October 1940. The operational authority was the Commodore, Auckland, from 1961[21] which changed to the Maritime Commander in March 1993.[22] Alternately rendered as Commodore Commanding, New Zealand Station, HQ Auckland, (1919–1941).
  • Commodore Royal Naval Reserve - Cdre RNR
  • Commodore Royal Yachts
  • Senior Naval Officer West Indies - SNOWI
  • Commodore Air Train, British Pacific Fleet (COMAT/BPF) - 1945
  • Commodore Fleet Train, British Pacific Fleet (COFT/BPF) - 1945
  • Commodore in Charge, HM Australian Naval Establishments, Sydney[23]

Senior Royal Marines appointments[edit]

The Royal Marines are part of the Naval Service

Former Royal Marines appointments[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Earl of Cork and Orrery The
  2. ^ CHAPTER 3 — The Search for the Admiral Graf Spee | NZETC
  3. ^ a b Roskill, see
  4. ^ a b Captain C F Mervik, 'The Integrated Fleet HQ and aviation's place within, ' Flight Deck, Winter 2001
  5. ^ See National Archives, ADM 199/1804
  6. ^
  7. ^, accessed October 2011
  8. ^
  9. ^, accessed July 2009
  10. ^ a b
  11. ^
  12. ^, accessed November 2009
  13. ^, accessed November 2009
  14. ^ King's College London
  15. ^ a b Flight magazine 3 October 1963, p.592
  16. ^ and
  17. ^ [[Flight (magazine)|]], 20 April 1951, p.483
  18. ^ Royal Navy, Northwood Headquarters, accessed 22 May 2010
  19. ^
  20. ^ New Zealand Electronic Text Centre, Appendix Vi — Members Of New Zealand Naval Board|Appendix VI: Members of the New Zealand Naval Board
  21. ^ J O'C Ross, 'The White Ensign in New Zealand,' AH & AW Reed, 1967, p.115
  22. ^ East - New Chief Of Naval Staff Announced
  23. ^ GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE SERIES, 1883–1957, 1926–38 Captain Superintendent, Sydney, and Captain-in-Charge, New South Wales (CA 4338); 1938–42 Captain-in-Charge (from 1939, Commodore in Charge, HM Naval Establishments. (CA 4339); This series contains correspondence records about the activities of both the British Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. The series began in 1883 (from Sydney Station, Port of Sydney) and extended to Command Eastern Australia Area in 1957. These records deal with the management of civilian and service establishments, and include material about ships, dockyards, depots, staff management, discipline, navigation, and the establishment and erection of various depots. National Archives of Australia [1]


  • Roskill, S.W., Captn., DSC., RN, The war at sea, 1939-1945, Vol.I, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1954 (maps of operational Commands of the Royal Navy during the Second World War taken from Roskill, but not attributed, together with Fleet appendixes also taken from his work can be found at

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