Flag Officer, Third Flotilla

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Flag Officer, Third Flotilla
Active1979 – 1992
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
Part ofCommander-in-Chief Fleet
Garrison/HQHMNB Portsmouth
FirstRear-Admiral Peter G.M. Herbert
LastVice-Admiral the Hon. Sir Nicholas J. Hill-Norton

The Flag Officer, Third Flotilla was the senior Royal Navy appointment in command of the Third Flotilla from 1979 to 1992.

The Western Fleet and Far East Fleet were merged into the single Commander-in-Chief Fleet in 1971. He had three new seagoing subordinates: Flag Officer First Flotilla, Second Flotilla and Flag Officer, Carriers and Amphibious Ships (FOCAS) each commanded by a rear admiral.[1] In December 1979 the post of FOCAS was re-named Flag Officer, Third Flotilla (FOF3).[2]

From 1981-1992 the Flag Officer Third Flotilla commanded the aircraft carriers; amphibious Ships; the Fleet Training Ship; and destroyers not allocated to First or Second Flotillas.[3]

In April 1992, the Third Flotilla was abolished, and the remaining two flotilla commanders became Flag Officer, Surface Flotilla[4] - responsible for operational readiness and training and Commander United Kingdom Task Group (COMUKTG), who would command any deployed task group.

Flag Officer, Third Flotilla (FOF3)
Ensign of the Royal Navy
Navy Department, Ministry of Defence
Reports toCommander-in-Chief, Fleet
NominatorSecretary of State for Defence
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–4 years)
Inaugural holderRear-Admiral Peter G.M. Herbert

Flag Officers commanding[edit]



  1. ^ Roberts, John (2009). Safeguarding the Nation: The Story of the Modern Royal Navy. Barnsley, England: Seaforth Publishing. p. 89. ISBN 9781848320437.
  2. ^ Tailyour, Ewen Southby (1990). Reasons in Writing A Commandos View of the Falklands War. Barnsley, England: Pen and Sword. p. 113. ISBN 9781844150144.
  3. ^ Smith.2015.
  4. ^ Watson, Dr Graham; Smith, Gordon (12 July 2015). "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment 1947-2013". www.naval-history.net. G. Smith. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  5. ^ Mackie, Colin (August 2018). "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865". gulabin.com. C. Mackie. p. 217. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. ^ Smith.2015.


  • Mackie, Colin (2018). "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin.com. Colin Mackie. Scotland, UK.
  • Roberts, John (2009). Safeguarding the Nation: The Story of the Modern Royal Navy. Barnsley, England: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 9781848320437.
  • Smith, Gordon (2015). "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment 1947-2013: Fleet Oorganisation, 1981-2002".