Alexandria Dockyard

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HM Dockyard, Alexandria
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Part of Alexandria Station
Alexandria in Egypt
TypeNaval Dockyard
Site information
OperatorRoyal Navy
Controlled byBoard of Admiralty Flag 20th Century.png Board of Admiralty
Site history
In use1914-1946
Installation information
Past
commanders
Captain-Superintendent, Alexandria

Alexandria Dockyard was established during the First World War at Ras el-Tin Point, Alexandria, Egypt, its official name during World War II was HMS Nile. The dockyard served as headquarters for the Alexandria naval command and from June 1940 to February 1943 was also the headquarters of the Mediterranean Fleet. It also encompassed dockyard facilities and a separate facility for headquarters staff for the Rear-Admiral Alexandria. It was active until June 1946.[1]

History

Map of the Port of Alexandria in 1941

Alexandria Naval Base was established in 1914 at Ras el-Tin Point, Alexandria, Egypt, its official name during World War Two was HMS Nile. The naval base served as the main headquarters of the Mediterranean Fleet from June 1940 until February 1943. However the base itself was part of the Alexandria naval station headquarters for the commanding officer of the Alexandria naval station. It encompassed dockyard facilities under the control of a local Captain Superintendent and a separate facility for headquarters staff of the Rear-Admiral, Alexandria. It was active until June 1946.[1]

Yard Facilities

The yard consisted of 1 Dry Dock, 553 x 64 ft that was used for the construction, maintenance, and repair of ships.

In Command

The superintendent administered the movements of ships and formations at the naval base and dockyard facilities.

Captain-Superintendent, Alexandria Dockyard

Captain-Superintendent, Alexandria Dockyard
Rank Flag Name Term Notes/Ref
1 Captain RN Captain Rank Insignia.png W.Y. La R. Beverley 14 August, 1940 – April, 1942 [1]
2 Captain RN Captain Rank Insignia.png C. Coppinger April, 1942 – December, 1943 [1][2]

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Houterman, Jerome N..; Koppes, Jeroen (2004–2006). "Royal Navy, Mediterranean Fleet 1939–1945". www.unithistories.com. Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  2. The Navy List. London, England: H.M. Stationery Office. December 1942. p. 1276.