2nd Fleet

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2nd Fleet
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active1 May 1912–1914
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
Vice-Admiral Sir Cecil Burney, Vice-Admiral Sir Frederick T. Hamilton

The 2nd Fleet or Second Fleet was a reserve formation of the Royal Navy that briefly existed before the First World War.


Formed on 1 May 1912 from the Third Division of the Home Fleet, its ships were manned by a nucleus crew during peacetime, but were intended to be manned by men from the naval schools when mobilised.[1] It reported directly to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleets. The fleet was mobilised in late July 1914 as tensions increased between Great Britain and Imperial Germany and remained on active duty until war was declared on 4 August.[2] It reformed the Channel Fleet upon the declaration of war and consisted of the Fifth and Sixth Battle Squadrons, equipped with a total of 15 pre-dreadnought battleships and the majority of the Home Defence Patrol Flotillas.[3]

In Command

Vice-Admiral Commanding, 2nd Fleet

Rank Flag Name Term
Vice-Admiral Commanding, 2nd Fleet [4]
1 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Frederick T. Hamilton May 1912-December 1913
2 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Cecil Burney December 1913-August 1914

Units Attached to Fleet by Date

Included [5]
Unit Notes
1 5th Battle Squadron (8 battleships) [6]
2 6th Battle Squadron (5-7 battleships) [7]
3 5th Cruiser Squadron (3-4 light cruisers) [8]
4 6th Cruiser Squadron 3-4 armoured cruisers) [9]
5 7th Destroyer Flotilla 20 destroyer-12 torpedo boat) [10]


  1. Wragg, p. 24
  2. Marder, p. 432
  3. Corbett, p. 12
  4. Admiralty, British (October 1913). "Flag Officers in Commission". The Navy List. H.M.S.O. p. 87.
  5. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Second Fleet (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 25 May 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  6. Harley and Lovell. 2014
  7. Harley and Lovell. 2014
  8. Harley and Lovell. 2014
  9. Harley and Lovell. 2014
  10. Harley and Lovell. 2014