8th Frigate Squadron (United Kingdom)

The 8th Frigate Squadron was an administrative unit of the Royal Navy from 1973 to 1993.

8th Frigate Squadron
ActiveJune 1973 – 1993
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
FirstCaptain Richard J. Bates
LastCaptain David A.J. Blackburn

Operational history

During its existence, the squadron included Rothesay-class, Leander-class and Type 22 frigates. Ships from the squadron participated in the Cod Wars, the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, the Falklands War, the Armilla Patrol, and as part of STANAVFORLANT. The squadron was disbanded as part of the Royal Navy's reorganization in the mid-1990s.

Squadron commander


Captain Richard J. BatesHMS AjaxJune 1973-December 1974
Captain David J. MackenzieHMS AjaxDecember 1974-July 1976
Captain Robert R. SquiresHMS AjaxJuly 1976-March 1977
Captain Peter CobbHMS AjaxMarch 1977-December 1978
Captain Michael J.F. RawlinsonHMS AjaxDecember 1978-July 1980
Captain Timothy M. BevanHMS Ajax/HMS AriadneJuly 1980-April 1982
Captain James L. WeatherallHMS AndromedaApril 1982-February 1984
Captain Michael A.C. MooreHMS AndromedaFebruary 1984-September 1985
Captain Jeremy T. SandersHMS AndromedaSeptember 1985-March 1987
Captain Neil E. RankinHMS AndromedaMarch 1987-1988
Captain Christopher L. Wreford-BrownHMS Cornwall1988-January 1989
Captain Richard T.R. PhillipsHMS CornwallJanuary 1989-1990
Captain Paul BranscombeHMS Cornwall1990-1992
Captain David A.J. BlackburnHMS Cornwall1992-1993

See also


  1. Royal Navy Senior Appointments, Colin Mackie
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