Commander Operations (Royal Navy)

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Commander Operations
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Ensign of the Royal Navy
Rear-Admiral Simon Asquith

since 2019
Ministry of Defence
Member ofNavy Command
Reports toFleet Commander
NominatorSecretary of State for Defence
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
Inaugural holderRear-Admiral Roger Lane-Nott

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.

Commander Operations also holds 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 was made Commander Operations (Royal Navy), separating the two posts in 2015.[6][7] The current Commander Operations (Royal Navy) is Rear-Admiral Paul Halton who was appointed in 2017.[8] Rear Admiral Simon Asquith is the new Commander Operations as of November 2019.[9]


Post-holders have included:[7]

Subordinate formations[edit]

Current include:[10][11]


  1. ^ "Commander Maritime Operations visits personnel in the Gulf". Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Navy Command senior, as of September 2017". MOD. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  3. ^ Joining Britain's Royal Navy Archived 2013-12-26 at the Wayback Machine 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.
  8. ^ "Senior Royal Navy appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  9. ^ @RAdmPaulHalton (6 November 2019). "I wish my relief, RAdm Simon Asquith, every possible success" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Ministry of Defence Organogram". MOD, 31 March 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Navy Command senior staff CSV". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 20 December 2017.