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 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. 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

Fleet Commander

Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff[3]

Fleet Commander and Chief Naval Warfare Officer[5]

Deputy Fleet Commander

Offices under the Fleet Commander


See also


  1. Air Command senior, as of September 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Navy Board
  3. "Navy Command senior, as of March 2014". Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  4. Ups and outs: October 2012 Defence Viewpoints
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Royal Navy appoints new Fleet Commander". Royal Navy. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  6. Royal Navy’s Deputy Fleet Commander Visits UK Hydrographic Office Subsea World News, 30 July 2012
  7. Navy senior staff, March 2013
  8. "Ministry of Defence Organogram". data.gov.uk (in English). MOD 31 March 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2017.

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