Fleet Commander

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Fleet Commander
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Ensign of the Royal Navy
Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd, 2019.jpg
Vice-Admiral Jerry Kyd

since March 2019
Ministry of Defence
Member ofAdmiralty Board, Navy Board, Navy Command
Reports toFirst Sea Lord
NominatorSecretary of State for Defence
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–4 years)
Inaugural holderAdmiral George Zambellas

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. The Vice-Admiral incumbent is required to provide ships, submarines and aircraft ready for operations, and is based at Navy Command Headquarters.

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.[1]


The Fleet Commander's purpose is to provide ships, submarines and aircraft ready for any operations that the Government requires.[1]

The Fleet Commander's major subordinates included as of September 2020:[2][3][4]

The previous post of Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Training)/Flag Officer Sea Training[6] was, as of June 2020, disestablished. It was superseded by Commander Fleet Operational Sea Training.[7]

The British Army equivalent is Commander Field Army. The RAF's Deputy Commander (Operations) is the close equivalent of the two positions.[8]

List of Fleet Commanders[edit]

Fleet Commander[edit]

Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff[9]
Image Rank Name Term began Term ended
1SL George Zambellas 2013-09-08 (cropped).jpg Admiral Sir George Zambellas[10] April 2012 December 2012
New fleet commander 2016.jpg (Philip Jones cropped).jpg Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones December 2012 February 2016
Fleet Commander and Chief Naval Warfare Officer[11]
Ben Key.jpg Vice Admiral Ben Key[11] February 2016 March 2019
Kenneth Whitesell and Jeremy Kyd 170801-N-NG136-783 (36342279631) (Jerry Kyd cropped).jpg Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd[12] March 2019

Deputy Fleet Commander[edit]


  1. ^ a b Navy Board
  2. ^ "Ministry of Defence Organogram". data.gov.uk. MOD 31 March 2016. Archived from the original on 8 August 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Royal Navy Directory 2017" (PDF). Royal Navy. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  4. ^ "How Defence Works Version 6.0 Sep2020" (PDF). assets.publishing.service.gov.uk. UK MOD. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020. page 28
  5. ^ "Freedom of Information Response" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Navy Command senior, as of April 2017 - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. MOD UK. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Who is the new Flag Officer Sea Training" (PDF). whatdotheyknow.com. Whatdotheyknow. 27 April 2020. Retrieved 28 April 2020. In response to your request, I can advise you that the title Flag Officer Sea Training will cease to exist on 1 May 2020 and is replaced by the 1* post of Commander Fleet Operational Sea Training
  8. ^ Air Command senior, as of September 2012
  9. ^ "Navy Command senior, as of March 2014". Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  10. ^ Ups and outs: October 2012 Defence Viewpoints
  11. ^ a b "Royal Navy appoints new Fleet Commander". Royal Navy. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Royal Navy Appoints New Senior Officers". Forces.net. 18 February 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  13. ^ Royal Navy’s Deputy Fleet Commander Visits UK Hydrographic Office Subsea World News, 30 July 2012
  14. ^ Navy senior staff, March 2013

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