Captain of the Fleet
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Who was the last officer to hold the appointment of Captain of the Fleet?
Captain of the Fleet as a formal post seems to have kept going until the early 1990s. I am still digging, but it is thought that in the period 1992-94 Captains Paul Haddacks and Fabian Malbon were probably the last two CoFs.
Thereafter the role of being the main point of contact for seagoing COs regarding personnel matters, and of ‘mentoring’ them, seems to have ended. However, a Captain’s post was retained at Northwood to exercise some of the former CoF’s other roles.
Not so long ago published editions of The Navy List would have been the obvious primary written source to check or confirm this, but the way that it has come to be written since the mid-1980s makes it impossible to follow such themes into 1990s.
Now confirmed – by information from himself – that Captain (now Vice-Admiral Sir) Paul Haddacks (KCB)was the last Captain of the Fleet. Apparently the post [not a rank] has now been abolished.
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