Aultbea

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Aultbea
HMS Helicon(1939-1945)
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active1915–1967
CountryUnited Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchRoyal Navy
TypeStation
Part ofCoast of Scotland Station
(1915—1919)
Rosyth Command
(1940—1967)
Garrison/HQAultbea
Loch Ewe
Scotland, Great Britain

The Aultbea also known as the Loch Ewe and Aultbea [1] was a base and area command of the British Royal Navy its headquarters were on Aultbea, Scotland, Great Britain.

The station was commanded by the Senior Naval Officer, Aultbea [2] and was in operation from 1915 to 1919 and 1940 to 1967.[3]

History

Location Map of Aultbea

Established in February 1915 during the Great War it was partially deactivated in April 1919. The station was reactivated during the second world war in 1940 by the Admiralty following the German attack on Scapa Flow and subsequent sinking of HMS Royal Oak, when the Home Fleet was temporarily based there.[4] During world war two it was staging point for arctic convoys that operated out of Loch Ewe. It remained in operation until October 1967.[5]

The station was a sub command of the Coast of Scotland Station then later Rosyth Command, the Western Approaches Command during world war two.

Naval HQ

Senior Naval Officer, Aultbea

Footnotes

  1. Admiralty, Great Britain (January 1919). "The Royal Navy". Navy List. London England: HM Stationery Office. p. 769.
  2. Admiralty, Great Britain (January 1915). "Other Senior Naval Officers or Officers in Charge at Ports in the United Kingdom". Navy List. London England: HM Stationery Office. p. 9.
  3. "Naval Shore Establishments". nmrn.org.uk. Portsmouth England: National Museum Royal Navy. 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  4. Smith, Peter C. (2008). The Great Ships: British Battleships in World War II. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States: Stackpole Books. p. 70. ISBN 9780811749350.
  5. Archives, The National (1940–1967). "Aultbea Naval Base, Loch Ewe, Ross and Cromarty: a short history. With photographs and plan". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. London England: The National Archives. Retrieved 19 October 2018. ADM 1/31049

Bibliography

  1. Admiralty, Great Britain (January 1919). "The Royal Navy". Navy List. London England: HM Stationery Office.
  2. Admiralty, Great Britain (January 1915). "Other Senior Naval Officers or Officers in Charge at Ports in the United Kingdom". Navy List. London England: HM Stationery Office.
  3. Archives, The National (1940–1967). "Aultbea Naval Base, Loch Ewe, Ross and Cromarty: a short history. With photographs and plan". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. London England: The National Archives. ADM 1/31049.
  4. "Naval Shore Establishments". nmrn.org.uk. Portsmouth England: National Museum Royal Navy. 2018.
  5. Smith, Peter C. (2008). The Great Ships: British Battleships in World War II. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States: Stackpole Books. ISBN 9780811749350.