Armed Forces - Royal Navy - n2a2 - Fleet Command and Organisation - Naval Home Command - Defence Logistics Organisation




The Fleet Commander (and Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff) has full command of all deployable UK Fleet units, including the Royal Marines. His responsibilities include preparation of all aspects of The Fleet for participation in joint and combined operations with NATO allies including key maritime elements of the Standing NATO Response Force.

Fleet HQ Portsmouth at Portsmouth has three major roles:

  • The generation of maritime forces to match the operational requirement. Forces generated have to be manned, equipped and trained to the appropriate readiness states.

  • Management of the resources provided to the Fleet and the monitoring of resources and assets thus employed to ensure operational effectiveness and value for money.

  • The Commander-in-Chief Fleet manages maritime operations by delegating operational command and control to the Commander Operations (located at Northwood). Commander Operations has the majority of Fleet units under his command.

Fleet Battle Staff

Based in two locations (Portsmouth and Plymouth) the Fleet Battle Staff is the operational planning departments, capable of planning exercises and operations for large multinational naval and marine task groups across the globe. The actual conduct of naval operations is generally the responsibility of the Joint Forces Command.

Maritime Warfare Centre
The Maritime Warfare Centre provides the repository and focal point for ‘Operational Knowledge Exploitation’. This is the ability to observe and process every aspect of operational experience to learn lessons from previous operations and enhance fighting power.

Flag Officer Sea Training
Is the officer responsible for training on all Royal Naval and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels.

Deputy Commander in Chief Fleet
Is the deputy for the Commander and is a member of the Sub Navy Board Committee. The Deputy Commander directs the staff work of Fleet Headquarters.

Commander (Operations)
Is the officer who directs all maritime and amphibious forces and associated operations under the command of the CINCFLEET. In addition he is the commander of the submarine arm and is the NATO Commander Submarines East Atlantic and Commander Submarines Allied Naval Forces North.

Chief of Staff (Warfare)
This officer and his staff are responsible for delivering the operational capability to match the perceived short and longer term requirement.

Chief of Staff (Support)
Is responsible for sustaining the Fleet and ensuring that the required vessels and units are available for operations. His responsibilities include personnel administration, the Maritime Warfare Centre, communications systems, engineering and some aspects of the Fleet Air Arm support.

Commander UK Maritime Forces Commander of the United Kingdom Task Group and Commander of the Amphibious Task Group

Commander UK Amphibious Forces

Is the Head of Service for the Royal Marines, Commandant General Royal Marines and commander of 3 Commando Brigade.

The Command Secretary
Is the senior civilian in Fleet Headquarters responsible for civilian personnel, external accountability, resource management and some aspects of planning.

Navy Command HQ maintains Waterfront organisations at Devonport, Portsmouth and Faslane and is responsible for Naval Air Stations at Culdrose, Prestwick and Yeovilton.

The Chief of Naval Personnel & Training and Second Sea Lord is also based at Portsmouth


In 2000 the three distinct separate service logistic functions were fused into one and the Defence Logistic Organisation was formed. In a further amalgamation, from 1 April 2007 the Defence Logistic Organisation (DLO) and the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA) were merged to form Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S).

The DE&S is the organisation that delivers ‘Through Life’ equipment and logistic support to the Royal Navy, attempting to ensure that the whole factory to front line process is seamless and properly integrated.