Admiral Commanding, Iceland
|Admiral Commanding, Iceland|
Ensign of the Royal Navy
|Reports to||First Sea Lord|
|Nominator||First Sea Lord|
|Appointer||First Lord of the Admiralty|
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
The post holder was responsible for commanding the Iceland (C) Station.
Following the German invasion of Denmark in April 1940, Iceland, then in personal union with Denmark, declared neutrality throughout the rest of the war. Iceland's location was of strategic importance to the British who decided to station naval forces at a naval base called HMS Baldur at Hvitanes following the invasion of Iceland in May 1940. In addition it also established an accounting and accommodation shore base called HMS Baldur II. Iceland was an important base for North Atlantic convoys, patrol and anti-submarine duties.
In September 1941 the Department of Admiralty appointed am admiral to administer the Iceland (C) station under the title Admiral Commanding, Iceland. until August 1943. No flag officer was assigned to the Iceland command until October 1943 when the new incoming commanding officer was to be named as Flag Officer Commanding, Iceland (C).
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