5th Destroyer Flotilla

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5th Destroyer Flotilla
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Active1910-1942, 1947-1951
AllegianceFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom from 1801.png Royal Navy
SizeFlotilla
Commanders
FirstCaptain Herbert Edward Holmes à Court
LastCaptain Thomas V. Briggs

The 5th Destroyer Flotilla also known as the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla was a naval formation of the Royal Navy from 1910 to 1942 and again from 1947 to 1951.

History

The flotilla was formed in February 1910 and disbanded in 1942. Its first commander was Captain Herbert E. Holmes-à-Court and its final commander was # Captain Thomas V. Briggs. The flotilla was reactivated in March 1947 until December 1950. In January 1951 it was re-designated 5th Destroyer Squadron.

In Command

Captains (D) 5th Destroyer Flotilla

Included:[1][2]

  1. Captain Herbert Edward Holmes à Court, 8 February, 1910
  2. Captain Noel Grant, 20 December, 1910 – 20 December, 1912
  3. Captain Edward G. Lowther-Crofton, 1 May, 1912 – 27 January, 1914
  4. Captain Charles P. R. Coode, 1 February, 1914 – 15 May, 1917
  5. Captain F. Clifton Brown, 30 May, 1917 – 15 August, 1917
  6. Captain George K. Chetwode, 15 August, 1917
  7. Captain Kerrison Kiddle, 1 March, 1919 – 1 October, 1919
  8. Captain Theodore E. J. Bigg, 25 June, 1921 – 16 August, 1922
  9. Captain Cyril St. C. Cameron, 16 August, 1922 – 30 April, 1924
  10. Captain Edward O. B. S. Osborne, 28 April, 1924
  11. Commander Reginald V. Holt, January, 1925 – 8 February, 1925
  12. Captain Edward O. B. S. Osborne, 10 February, 1925
  13. Captain Kenneth MacLeod, 1 April, 1925 – 4 July, 1926
  14. Captain James V. Creagh, 11 May, 1925 – 10 October, 1925
  15. Captain Lewis G. E. Crabbe, 4 July, 1926 – 16 August, 1927
  16. Captain Lewis G. E. Crabbe, June, 1927
  17. Captain Frank Elliott, 16 August, 1927 – 16 August, 1929
  18. Captain Ronald H. C. Hallifax, 16 August, 1929 – 16 August, 1931
  19. Captain Geoffrey R. S. Watkins, 16 August, 1931 – 24 April, 1933
  20. Captain Arthur L. St. G. Lyster, 11 November, 1932 – 30 April, 1935
  21. Captain Harold M. Burrough, 30 April, 1935 – 16 June, 1937
  22. Captain Llewellyn V. Morgan, 16 June, 1937 – 1 May, 1939
  23. Captain Lord Louis F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, July 1939 – May 1941
  24. Captain Ralph L. Fisher, March 1947 – August 1948
  25. Captain Robert A. Currie, August 1948 – August 1949
  26. Captain Thomas V. Briggs, August 1949 – December 1950

Operational Deployments

Assigned to Dates Notes
Home Fleet, 3rd Division, Devonport Division 1909 to 1912
Admiral of Patrols March 1909 to 1913 transferred to Med
Mediterranean Fleet August 1914 to November 1918
Home Fleet April to November 1919
Atlantic Fleet 1921 to April 1925 dispersed ships to 1DF Med.
Home Fleet September 1939 to April 1941 reformed detached Humber Force
Western Approaches Command September 1940 to February 1941
Plymouth Command February to March 1941
Mediterranean Fleet 1 July 1941 to 1 August 1942 disbanded
Levant Command 29 January 1943 to 1 October 1943 reformed
Mediterranean Fleet 2 October 1943 to May 1945
Home Fleet June 1945 to 1951
flotilla renamed 5th Destroyer Squadron.

Composition (1947-1951)

Included:[3]
United Kingdom, Home Fleet from March 1947
5th Destroyer Flotilla

  • HMS Solebay (D70) (Leader)
  • HMS Cadiz (D79)
  • HMS Gabbard (D47)
  • HMS St. James (D65)
  • HMS St. Kitts (D18)
  • HMS Sluys (D60)

United Kingdom, Home Fleet 1947
5th Destroyer Flotilla

  • HMS Solebay (Leader)
  • HMS Cadiz
  • HMS Gabbard
  • HMS St. James
  • HMS St. Kitts
  • HMS Sluys

United Kingdom, Home Fleet 1948
5th Destroyer Flotilla

  • HMS Solebay (Leader)
  • HMS Cadiz
  • HMS Gabbard
  • HMS St. James
  • HMS St. Kitts
  • HMS Sluys

United Kingdom, Home Fleet 1949
5th Destroyer Flotilla

  • HMS Solebay (Leader)
  • HMS Cadiz
  • HMS Gabbard
  • HMS St. James
  • HMS St. Kitts
  • HMS Sluys

United Kingdom, Home Fleet 1950
5th Destroyer Flotilla

  • HMS Solebay (Leader)
  • HMS Cadiz
  • HMS Gabbard - (September 1950)
  • HMS St. James - (September 1950)
  • HMS St. Kitts
  • HMS Sluys

United Kingdom, Home Fleet 1951
5th Destroyer Flotilla

  • HMS Solebay (Leader)
  • HMS Cadiz - later replaced by HMS Gabbard
  • HMS St. Kitts - later replaced by HMS St. James
  • HMS Sluys

Additional Notes

Command structure organizational changes took place within Royal Navy post war period the term Flotilla was previously applied to a tactical unit until 1951 which led to the creation of three specific Flag Officers, Flotillas responsible for the Eastern, Home and Mediterranean fleets the existing destroyer flotillas were re-organized now as administrative squadrons.[4]

References

  1. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Fifth Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 19 May 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  2. Mackie, Colin. (January 2020).Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865. Flotillas & Squadrons. pp.194-253..
  3. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment 1947-2013". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 12 July 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  4. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment 1947-2013: FLOTILLAS AND SQUADRONS 1947-1971". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 12 July 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2020.