Commander Operations (Royal Navy)

The Commander Operations (COMOPS)[1] is a senior Royal Navy officer based at Northwood Headquarters who exercises operational command of all national maritime operations on behalf of the Fleet Commander.[2] The post was established in 1993.

Commander Operations
Ensign of the Royal Navy
Rear-Admiral Simon Asquith

since 2019
Ministry of Defence
Member ofNavy Command
Reports toFleet Commander
NominatorSecretary of State for Defence
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
Inaugural holderRear-Admiral Roger Lane-Nott

Commander Operations also holds the additional posts of Commander Task Force (CTF) 311 (UK attack submarines) and CTF 345 (UK nuclear missile submarines).[3][4][5] In 2015, Rear Admiral John Weale was appointed Rear Admiral Submarines/Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Submarines, while Rear Admiral Robert Tarrant was made Commander Operations (Royal Navy), separating the two posts in 2015.[6][7] The current Commander Operations (Royal Navy) is Rear-Admiral Paul Halton who was appointed in 2017.[8] Rear Admiral Simon Asquith will be the incoming Commander Operations as of November 2019.[9]


Post-holders have included:[7]

Subordinate formations

Current include:[10][11]


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  2. "Navy Command senior, as of September 2017". MOD. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  3. Joining Britain's Royal Navy Archived 2013-12-26 at the Wayback Machine Undersea Warfare
  4. "SUEZ WAR OF 1956". 1956-11-05. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
  5. Britain's secret nuclear bunker: Buried 100ft down inside is the control room where the order to launch a strike would be given Daily Mail, 15 September 2012
  6. "Rear Admiral John Weale" (PDF). Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  7. "Senior Royal Navy Appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  8. "Senior Royal Navy appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  9. @RAdmPaulHalton (6 November 2019). "I wish my relief, RAdm Simon Asquith, every possible success" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  10. "Ministry of Defence Organogram". MOD, 31 March 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  11. "Navy Command senior staff CSV". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
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