Royal Navy Surface Fleet

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Surface Fleet
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
CountryUnited Kingdom
BranchRoyal Navy
TypeMilitary branch
Garrison/HQPortsmouth, England
Rear-Admiral Jerry Kyd

The Surface Fleet[1] is one of the five fighting arms or branches of the Royal Navy.[2] It consists of a collection of surface vessels (as opposed to submarines or aircraft). The surface fleet is administered by Rear-Admiral Jerry Kyd[3] This appoitnment has an additional operational role as Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces, a sea-going combatant command appointment.

RN surface ships current consist of two flotillas based at HMNB Portsmouth and HMNB Devonport, both located on the south coast of England. Surface combatants range from aircraft carriers to mine countermeasures vessels to offshore patrol vessels, but the backbone of the fleet consists of destroyers (Type 45) and frigates (Type 23).

The surface fleet has several permanent Standing Royal Navy deployments. Closer to home, the surface fleet also conducts Fishery Protection Patrols around UK waters, in a formal agreement with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Presently, Commander Amphibious Task Group and Commander United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group are the two main 1* deployable forces under COMUKMARFOR.


Organisational changes with the Royal Navy between 1990 and 1992 resulted in the Third Flotilla being abolished, the remaining First and Second Flotillas were then re-designated under a new name known as the Surface Flotilla under the Flag Officer, Surface Flotilla (FOSF) who was responsible for operational readiness and training;[4] and the other the Commander, UK Task Group who would command any deployed task group.[5]

In 2001 both of these commands were unified into a single command appointment known as Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces (COMUKMARFOR) reporting to CINCFLEET. He administered three sub-commands called Amphibious Task Group, UK Task Group, Carrier Strike Group, each of these being commanded by a Commodore. These three commodores' positions directed operational, deployed, seagoing groups of warships.

In January 2011 the UK Task Group Commander was renamed Deputy Commander UK Maritime Forces. In 2012 the higher four-star commands and administrative structures were also consolidated that included the posts of CINCNAVHOME and CINCFLEET which were abolished,this led to the creation of the new appointment of Fleet Commander, holding the rank of Vice-Admiral, who is currently based at headquarters Navy Command in Portsmouth, England.[6] In 2015 Faslane Flotilla came under the command of the re-established post of Rear-Admiral Submarines who reports to the Fleet Commander. The Devonport and Portsmouth Flotillas are currently administered by the Commander Operations.[7]

Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces and Rear Admiral Surface Ships[edit]


Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces and Rear Admiral Surface Ships, (2001-current) - reporting to Commander-in-Chief Fleet till 2012 then Fleet Commander

Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces and Rear-Admiral Surface Ships[edit]


Commander Amphibious Task Group[edit]
Commander United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group[edit]

Previous Sub-commands[edit]

Deputy Commander UK Maritime Forces[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Join the Surface Fleet - Explore Roles | Royal Navy Jobs". MOD UK. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. ^ "THE ROYAL NAVY'S SURFACE FLEET" (PDF). MOD UK. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Surface fleet: Royal Navy". MOD UK. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  4. ^ Smith.2015.
  5. ^ Smith.2015.
  6. ^ "New Fleet Commander appointed to Royal Navy - GOV.UK". MOD 5 December 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  7. ^ "The Navy Directory 2017 Containing Lists of Ships, Establishments and Officers of the Fleet" (PDF). MOD UK. 2017. p. 7. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  8. ^ "The Navy Directory: KEY PERSONNEL COMMANDER OPERATIONS" (PDF). p.13, MOD, 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Rear Admiral P M Bennett (Paul) CB OBE Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces and Rear Admiral Surface Ships" (PDF). Ministry of Defence UK 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Jerry Kyd confirmed as Guest of Honour at MCDOA Dinner". Minewarfare & Clearance Diving Officers' Association. Retrieved 30 October 2018.


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