List of fleets and major commands of the Royal Navy

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The professional head of the Royal Navy is known as the First Sea Lord (1SL) as well as the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS).

There are presently two senior sub-ordinates to the 1SL: the Second Sea Lord , who is also the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff; and the Fleet Commander.

The Naval Staff[edit]

Current Naval Lords/Staff[edit]

Former Naval Lords/Staff[edit]

Fleets[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

Historic fleets[edit]

  • Atlantic Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Fleet (1909–1914, 1919–1932)
  • British Pacific Fleet - Commander-in-Chief British Pacific Fleet (1944–1945)
  • British Fleet, Commander-in-Chief Fleet, (1971-2012)
  • Channel Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Channel Fleet (c.1690-1914)
  • Eastern Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Eastern Fleet (formerly only C-in-Cs East Indies, Australia and China Stations), 1941-postwar.
  • First Fleet - Commander-in-Chief First Fleet, (1912–14)
  • Far East Fleet - Commander, Far East Fleet c.1952-1971
  • Grand Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Grand Fleet (1914-1918)
  • Home Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Home Fleet (1902–1904 and 1932–1967)
  • Mediterranean Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean (1690–1967)
  • North Sea Fleet, Commander-in-Chief, North Sea Fleet, (1781-1815)
  • Reserve Fleet - Vice Admiral Commanding, Reserve Fleet (interwar, at least since 1928[1] (1700 - 1960)
  • Second Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Second Fleet, (1912–14)
  • Third Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Third Fleet, (1912–14)
  • Western Fleet - Commander-in-Chief Western Fleet (1967–1971)

Commands[edit]

Current Commands[edit]

Historic commands[edit]

Incuded:[2]

Flag Officers[edit]

Current flag officers[edit]

Former Flag Officers[edit]

Included:[9]

Commodores flying Broad Pennants in command appointments[edit]

Included:[26]
Current Commodore, Commands

  • Commander Amphibious Task Group - COMUKATG
  • Commander, British Forces, Gibraltar
  • Commander Carrier Strike Group -COMUKCSG
  • Commander Maritime Reserves - COMMARRES
  • Commodore, Assistant Chief of Staff(Aviation), The Fleet
  • Commodore, Chief of the Defence Staff’s Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
  • Commodore, Head Defence Maritime Regulator, Defence Safety Agency
  • Commodore, Head of Futures and Strategy, Development, Doctrine and Concepts Centre
  • Commodore, Head of Information Warfare and Chief Information Officer
  • Commodore, Operational Training
  • Commodore of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary - Cdre RFA
  • Commodore, Fleet Air Arm (uncertain whether flies a Broad Pennant)
  • Commodore, Northern England and Isle of Man (uncertain whether flies a Broad Pennant)

Former Commodore command appointments[edit]

Included:[9]

  • Commander UK Maritime Component - COMUKMARCOMP
  • Commodore (Amphibious Warfare) - COMAW or COM(AW) or Cdre (AW)
  • Commodore-in-Charge, Naval Air Stations, Eastern Stations [27]
  • Commodore-in-Charge, Hamburg
  • Commodore in Charge, Hong Kong
  • Commodore-in-Charge, Naval Air Stations, Ceylon [27]
  • Commodore, Naval Air Stations, East Africa [27]
  • Commodore, Naval Air Stations, North
  • Commodore, Naval Aviation
  • Commodore Commanding New Zealand Squadron, March 1921 - October 1940.[28] HQ Auckland, commanding naval forces in New Zealand. Commodore's appointment abolished and forces brought directly under CNS from October 1940. The operational authority was the Commodore, Auckland, from 1961[29] which changed to the Maritime Commander in March 1993.[30] Alternately rendered as Commodore Commanding, New Zealand Station, HQ Auckland, (1919–1941).
  • Commodore of Convoys
  • Commodore Royal Naval Reserve - Cdre RNR
  • Commodore Royal Yachts
  • Senior Naval Officer West Indies - SNOWI
  • Commodore Air Train, British Pacific Fleet (COMAT/BPF) - 1945
  • Commodore Fleet Train, British Pacific Fleet (COFT/BPF) - 1945
  • Commodore in Charge, HM Australian Naval Establishments, Sydney[31]
  • Commodore Superintendent, Taranto RN Base (1945)

Senior Royal Marines appointments[edit]

The Royal Marines are part of the Naval Service

Former Royal Marines appointments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm News: Carriers in the Spring Cruise". Flight. 65 (2347): 83. 15 January 1954. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "HMS Tyne, history". Royal Navy. Archived from the original on 11 August 2009. Retrieved July 2009.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
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  17. ^ "Obituaries: Rear Admiral George Thring". The Daily Telegraph. London: TMG. 31 December 2001. ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
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  25. ^ Drucker, G. (2005). "Fleet Air Arm Service Records: Flag Officer Index". Fleet Air Arm Archive. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  26. ^ Mackie, Colin. "COMMODORES (WARFARE)". Gulabin. Colin Mackie, pp. 4-5, February 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  27. ^ a b c Houterman, J.N. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945 -- E". www.unithistories.com. J.N.Houterman, 2016. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  28. ^ Waters, S. D. (1956). "Appendix VI: Members of the New Zealand Naval Board". Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–45: The Royal New Zealand Navy. Wellington: Historical Publications Branch. p. 539. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
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  31. ^ "GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE SERIES, 1883–1957, 1926–38 Captain Superintendent, Sydney, and Captain-in-Charge, New South Wales (CA 4338); 1938–42 Captain-in-Charge (from 1939, Commodore in Charge, HM Naval Establishments. (CA 4339)". National Archives of Australia. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. This series contains correspondence records about the activities of both the British Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. The series began in 1883 (from Sydney Station, Port of Sydney) and extended to Command Eastern Australia Area in 1957. These records deal with the management of civilian and service establishments, and include material about ships, dockyards, depots, staff management, discipline, navigation, and the establishment and erection of various depots. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Roskill, S.W., Captn., DSC., RN, The war at sea, 1939-1945, Vol.I, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1954 (maps of operational Commands of the Royal Navy during the Second World War taken from Roskill, but not attributed, together with Fleet appendixes also taken from his work can be found at http://www.naval-history.net/xDKWW2-4201-40RNShips4Overseas.htm. Note from Naval-History.Net. The map was assembled from a variety of sources. The Fleet Appendices are not from Roskill's work, which does not include them. They were compiled from Admiralty Pink and Red lists.

Other sources[edit]

  • Mackie, Colin. (2017) Senior Royal Navy Appointments from 1865. Gulabin, http://www.gulabin.com/
  • Nierhorster, Leo Dr. (2013) World War II Armed Forces — Orders of Battle and Organizations - British, Colonial, and Dominion Armed Forces - British, Colonial, and Dominion Navies . http://niehorster.org/index.htm

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