Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd takes up the role from outgoing Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Ben Key.
The ceremony took place on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers which VAdm Kyd recently led through her maiden F-35 fighter jet trials, say the Royal Navy.
“It is a great honour to take command of the fleet on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, having been privileged enough to lead her through her first sea and flight trials.
This aircraft carrier is just one part of a growing fleet that shows our determination to keep Britain safe in an ever more complex and uncertain world. Our sailors and Royal Marines are deployed on operations in all corners of the globe.”
VAdm Key, who had been in the role of Fleet Commander for three years, bid farewell to staff at Navy Command Headquarters:
“When I reflect on what we have achieved in three years it has been a phenomenal journey. I have had the joy and privilege of commanding the five arms of the Naval Service, supported by the civilians who glue us all together behind the scenes. We have an awful lot to be proud of, with ships, submarines and people deployed around the world on operations.”