Aegean Squadron

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Aegean Squadron
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ActiveAugust 1917
DisbandedDecember 1918
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Part ofMediterranean Station
FirstRear-Admiral Sydney Fremantle
LastCommodore Maurice S. Fitzmaurice

The Aegean Squadron was a naval formation of the British Royal Navy created in August 1917 following a re designation of the Eastern Mediterranean Squadron and based at Salonika until December 1918.[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]


An Eastern Mediterranean Squadron was established in September 1914 [3] as a sub-command of the Mediterranean Station. In August 1917 it was re designated the Aegean Squadron for the remainder of World War One and when it was gradually disbanded from May to December 1918.

Naval HQ

Rear-Admiral Commanding, Aegean Squadron

Commodore Commanding, Aegean Squadron

Commodore Maurice S. Fitzmaurice, 1 January, 1919 - July, 1919.[4]


Painting of the British Aegean Squadron at Mudros in 1917 by Frank Henry Mason. Original from Imperial War Museums, London. It includes the ships HMS Europa, cruiser, HMS Pyramus, cruiser third class, HMS St George , cruiser, HMS Valhalla, storeship.

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.

Bases and Shore Establishments

Unit From To Ref
Alexandria 1916 1919
Mudros 1917 1920
Piraeus 1916 1918
Salonika 1916 1919


  1. Burt, R. A. (1 October 2013). British Battleships 1889-1904. Barnsley, England.: Seaforth Publishing. p. 332. ISBN 9781848321731.
  2. "Records of Stations and Fleets". Kew, Surrey, England.: National Archives UK. 1702–1969. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  3. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (6 June 2020). "Eastern Mediterranean Squadron (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  4. Admiralty, British. (Jul 1919). The Navy List. Flag Officers in Commission. H.M.S.O. London. England. p.697.