Commander Operations (Royal Navy)

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The Commander Operations (COMOPS)[1] is a senior Royal Navy officer based at Northwood Headquarters who exercises operational command of all national maritime operations on behalf of the Fleet Commander.[2] The post was established in 1993. The responsibilities of the post included the additional posts of Commander Task Force (CTF) 311 (UK attack submarines) and CTF 345 (UK nuclear missile submarines).[3][4][5]In 2015, Rear Admiral John Weale was appointed Rear Admiral Submarines/Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Submarines, while Rear Admiral Robert Tarrant is Commander Operations (Royal Navy), separating the two posts since 2015.[6][7]


Post-holders have included:[7]


  1. ^ "Commander Maritime Operations visits personnel in the Gulf". Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Navy matters
  3. ^ Joining Britain's Royal Navy Undersea Warfare
  4. ^ "SUEZ WAR OF 1956". 1956-11-05. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  5. ^ Britain's secret nuclear bunker: Buried 100ft down inside is the control room where the order to launch a strike would be given Daily Mail, 15 September 2012
  6. ^ "Rear Admiral John Weale" (PDF). Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Senior Royal Navy Appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 6 September 2015.