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HMS Caroline
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Active1915-1919, 1939-1945
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchRoyal Navy
Part ofCoast of Ireland Station (1915-1919), Plymouth Station (1939-1941) Western Approaches Command (1941-1945)
Garrison/HQBelfast, Ireland.
LastRear-Admiral Henry D. Wilkin
Colonel of
the Regiment
Rear-Admiral R.H.L. Bevan

Belfast was an naval base and command of the Royal Navy activated during World War One and World War Two. The Admiralty subdivided its operational responsibilities into a number of geographically defined stations.[1] The Royal Navy was organised into a series of formations or naval establishments each assigned to that geographic area.[2] Appointed to each station was a naval officer. The command was first established from 1915 to 1919 and again from 1939 to 1945.


Belfast, Ireland was a centre of British shipbuilding and a naval base during the first and second world wars's.[3]

In Command

The Port of Belfast & Harland and Wolff Shipbuilding Yard circa late 1950's to early 1960's.

Senior Naval Officer, Belfast (1915-1919)

Naval Transport Officer in Charge, Belfast (1915-1918)


  1. Commander (retired) Amherst C. H. Pearson, before October, 1915.
  2. Acting Commander R.N.R. (retired) Thomas C. Broome, 13 February, 1918.

Flag Officer-in-Charge, Belfast (1939-1944)

Chief Staff Officer to Flag Officer-in-Charge, Belfast (1939-1944)

  1. Captain. C.R. Hemans, July, 1940 – February, 1943, (retd)
  2. Acting Capt. C.W.L. Meynell, February, 1943 – February, 1944, (retd)

Naval Transport Officer in Charge, Belfast (1941-1945)


  1. Captain (retired) Salisbury H. Simpson, 14 April, 1941 – 1 July, 1945


  1. Disease in the Royal Navy during the Nineteenth Century, 1856-1898. University of Essex, University of Manchester and Jisc. p.2.
  2. At Sea With the Scientifics: The Challenger Letters of Joseph Matkin. Joseph Matkin. University of Hawaii Press, 1992. p. 384.
  3. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (18 September 2018). "Belfast - The Dreadnought Project". Harley and Lovel. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  4. Harley and Lovell. Belfast. 18 September 2018.
  5. Harley and Lovell. Belfast. 18 September 2018.