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Active1918, 1939-1944
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Part ofWestern Approaches Command (1939-1944)
FirstLieutenant C. W, King R.N.V.R.
LastVice-Admiral Sir Henry Ralph Crooke. R.N.

Barry was a base and area command of the British Royal Navy established during World War One as one of the geographical divisions into which the Royal Navy administered its worldwide responsibilities. It was defined so by the Department of Admiralty to identify the area jurisdiction of the Naval Transport Officer in Charge, Barry.[1]

For command purposes the Royal Navy was divided into a number of major or local stations, fleets or or other formations, each normally under an admiral or senior officer.[2]


Barry, is a port town, Vale of Glamorgan county, historic county of Glamorga, southern Wales. It is situated on the Bristol Channel, just west of where the channel is met by the mouth of the River Severn estuary, and is the administrative centre of Vale of Glamorgan county.

The station was activated during World war One when it was used a transportation base before being deactivated by the end of the war. It was reactivated as a local command during World War Two from August, 1939 until December, 1944.[3]

In Command

Naval Transport Officer-in-Charge, Barry

  1. Lieutenant R.N.V.R. (temporary) C. W. King, December, 1918.[4]

Naval Officer-in-Charge Barry

  1. Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Ralph Crooke (retd), 7 June, 1942 - 30 December, 1944.[5][6]


The entrance channel to the Port of Barry

At various times it encompassed naval formations and other ships not attached to other fleets. In addition to shore establishments including, barracks, dockyards, depots, hospitals, refitting and re-supply bases, naval bases or victualling yards. Those components that were part of this station are shown below.


Unit From To Ref
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Shore Establishments

Unit From To Ref
Barry Docks date date


  1. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (21 August 2018). "Barry - The Dreadnought Project". Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  2. "Records of Stations and Fleets". Kew, Surrey, England.: National Archives UK. 1702–1969. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  3. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy, Western Approaches Command 1939-1945". Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  4. Harley and Lovell.
  5. Houterman and Koppes.
  6. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (22 August 2017). "Henry Ralph Crooke - The Dreadnought Project". Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 28 November 2019.