20th Destroyer Flotilla

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20th Destroyer Flotilla (20DF)
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active1918-1919, 1935-1936, 1939-1940
AllegianceFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom from 1801.png Royal Navy
FirstCaptain Berwick Curtis
LastCaptain Jack Grant Bickford

The 20th Destroyer Flotilla also known as the Twentieth Destroyer Flotilla was a naval formation of the Royal Navy from 1918 to 1919 then from 1935 to 1936 and again from 1939 to 1940.[1][2]


The flotilla was first formed in during World War One in March, 1918 and was assigned as part of the East Coast Forces until February 1919.[3] In March 1919 it was assigned to the Grand Fleet.[4] In May 1919 it was allocated to the Home Fleet until July 1919 when it was disbanded.[5] The second formation occurred in August, 1935 when it was assigned to the Home Fleet until July, 1936, when it was disbanded. It reformed for the third time in July, 1939 again as part of the Home Fleet until September, 1940 when it was disbanded.[6]

In Command

Captain (D) 20th Destroyer Flotilla

The commanding officer of the 20th Destroyer Flotilla held the title of Captain (Destroyers), or 'Captain (D)'.

Captain (D) 20th Destroyer Flotilla
Rank Name Term Notes
1 Captain Berwick Curtis 5 March, 1918 – September, 1919 [7]
2 Captain Ernest Russell Archer 30 August, 1935 – 10 February, 1936 [8]
3 Captain Charles Maurice Blackman 10 February, 1936 – 31 July, 1936 [9]
4 Captain Alfred Jerome Lucian Phillips 31 July, 1939 – 30 August, 1939 [10]
5 Captain Jack Grant Bickford 30 August, 1939 - 1 September, 1940 [11]


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  2. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (9 September 2019). "Twentieth Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. England: Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
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