Fleet Commander

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Office of the Fleet Commander
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Ensign of the Royal Navy
Vice-Admiral Ben Key

since 2016
Ministry of Defence
Member of Admiralty Board
Reports to First Sea Lord
Nominator Secretary of State for Defence
Appointer Prime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term length Not fixed (typically 1–4 years)
Inaugural holder Admiral George Zambellas
Formation 2012

The Fleet Commander is a senior Royal Navy post, responsible for the operation, resourcing and training of the ships, submarines and aircraft, and personnel, of the Naval Service. He provides ships, submarines and aircraft ready for operations and is based at Navy Command Headquarters. The British Army equivalent is Commander Field Army. The RAF's Deputy Commander (Operations) is the close equivalent of the two positions. [1]


The post was created in April 2012 following a reorganisation of the Royal Navy and a re-designation of the former role of Commander-in-Chief Fleet.[2]


The Fleet Commander's purpose is to provide ships, submarines and aircraft ready for any operations that the Government requires.[2]

List of Fleet Commanders[edit]

Fleet Commander[edit]

Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff[3]

Fleet Commander and Chief Naval Warfare Officer[5]

Deputy Fleet Commander[edit]

See also[edit]