Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland

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Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland
HMS Ark Royal Visits HMNB Clyde for the Final Time MOD 45152036.jpg
HMS Ark Royal on the River Clyde
Active 1913-Present
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  Royal Navy
Type Fleet
Garrison/HQ HM Naval Base Clyde

The Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland (FOSNI) is a senior post in the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom. It is based at HM Naval Base Clyde and the holder of the post is the Royal Navy’s senior officer in Scotland.[1] The post of FOSNI is the successor to the now defunct Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England & Northern Ireland. The Army equivalent is General Officer Scotland while the Royal Air Force equivalent is Air Officer Scotland.

History[edit]

The Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland is the most senior naval position in Scotland and is the successor to a number of post names starting with the Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth, formed in 1913, just prior to the outbreak of the First World War. From 1946 the post became designated as the Flag Officer Scotland & Northern Ireland. When the command moved from Rosyth to HMNB Clyde in 1994 so too did the designation change, becoming the Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland in 1994.[2] In 2015 the post reverted to Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Admirals Commanding[edit]

Flag Officers have been:[3]

Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth 1913–1919[edit]

# Name Rank Tenure from Tenure to
1 Sir Robert Lowry Admiral July 1913 June 1916
2 Sir Frederick Hamilton Admiral June 1916 October 1917
3 Sir Cecil Burney Admiral October 1917 March 1919

Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Scotland 1919–1939[edit]

# Name Rank Tenure from Tenure to
1 Sir Herbert Heath Admiral March 1919 April 1922
2 Sir John Green Vice-Admiral April 1922 June 1923
3 Sir Reginald Tyrwhitt, Bt. Rear-Admiral June 1923 June 1925
4 Sir Walter Cowan Vice-Admiral June 1925 June 1926
5 Humphrey Bowring Rear-Admiral June 1926 June 1928
6 John Cameron Rear-Admiral June 1928 July 1929
7 Theodore Hallett Rear-Admiral July 1929 July 1931
8 the Hon. William Leveson-Gower Vice-Admiral July 1931 July 1933
9 Everard Hardman-Jones Rear-Admiral July 1933 July 1935
10 Robert Davenport Rear-Admiral July 1935 July 1937
11 Evelyn Thomson Vice-Admiral July 1937 August 1939

Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth 1939–1946[edit]

# Name Rank Tenure from Tenure to
1 Sir Charles Ramsey Admiral August 1939 June 1942
2 Sir Wilbraham Ford Admiral June 1942 June 1944
3 Sir William Whitworth Admiral June 1944 July 1946

Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland 1946–1994[edit]

# Name Rank Tenure from Tenure to
1 Sir Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton Admiral July 1946 July 1948
2 Sir Ernest Archer Vice-Admiral July 1948 July 1950
3 Sir Angus Cunninghame Graham Vice-Admiral July 1950 August 1951
4 John Crombie Rear-Admiral August 1951 October 1953
5 Sir Geoffrey Robson (October 1953 – March 1956) Vice-Admiral October 1953 March 1956
6 Sir John Cuthbert Vice-Admiral March 1956 July 1958
7 David Luce Vice-Admiral July 1958 December 1959
8 Sir Royston Wright Vice-Admiral December 1959 September 1961
9 Sir Arthur Hezlet Vice-Admiral September 1961 June 1964
10 Sir David Gregory Vice-Admiral June 1964 July 1966
11 Sir John Hayes Vice-Admiral July 1966 July 1968
12 Sir Ian McGeoch Vice-Admiral July 1968 May 1970
13 David Dunbar-Nasmith Rear-Admiral May 1970 July 1972
14 Martin Lucey Rear-Admiral July 1972 August 1974
15 Sir Anthony Troup (August 1974 – June 1977) Vice-Admiral August 1974 June 1977
16 Sir Cameron Rusby Vice-Admiral June 1977 November 1979
17 Sir Thomas Baird Vice-Admiral November 1979 January 1982
18 Robert Squires Vice-Admiral January 1982 December 1983
19 Sir Nicholas Hunt Vice-Admiral December 1983 May 1985
20 Sir George Vallings (May 1985 – October 1987) Vice-Admiral July 1937 August 1939
21 Sir Jock Slater Vice-Admiral October 1987 February 1989
22 Sir Michael Livesay Vice-Admiral February 1989 March 1991
23 Sir Hugo White Vice-Admiral March 1991 November 1992
24 Sir Christopher Morgan Vice-Admiral November 1992 April 1996

Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England, Northern Ireland 1994–2015[edit]

# Name Rank Tenure from Tenure to
1 John Tolhurst Rear-Admiral April 1996 September 1997
2 Michael Gregory Rear-Admiral September 1997 August 2000
3 Derek Anthony Rear-Admiral August 2000[4] May 2003
4 Nick Harris Rear-Admiral May 2003 April 2006
5 Philip Wilcocks Rear-Admiral April 2006 December 2006
6 Anthony Johnstone-Burt Rear-Admiral December 2006 February 2008
7 Philip Jones Rear-Admiral February 2008[5] September 2008
8 Martin Alabaster Rear Admiral September 2008[5] September 2011
9 Christopher Hockley Rear-Admiral September 2011 August 2014
10 John Clink Rear-Admiral August 2014 July 2015

Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland from 2015[edit]

# Name Rank Tenure from Tenure to
1 John Weale Rear-Admiral July 2015[6] Incumbent

References[edit]