Ensign of the Royal Navy
|Active||3 September - 7 October 1939|
|Garrison/HQ||Portland Base, Dorset, England|
|In Command||Rear-Admiral Commanding, Channel Force|
|First||Rear-Admiral Lancelot Ernest Holland|
|Last||Rear=Admiral Lancelot Ernest Holland|
The Channel Force was a powerful squadron established at Portland Base on 3 September 1939 with ships from both Portsmouth Command and Plymouth Command. Its purpose was to deal with any attempt by the Germans to operate light forces in the southern part of the North Sea, certain cruisers and destroyers were detached from the Home Fleet to be based on the Humber. It was under direct operational control by the Admiralty as part of the Portsmouth Command until 7 October 1939 when it was dispersed.
Rear-Admiral Commanding, Channel Force
|Rear-Admiral Commanding, Channel Force|
|1||Rear-Admiral||Lancelot Ernest Holland||3 September - 7 October 1939.|
|1||3rd Battle Squadron||2|||
|4||12th Destroyer Flotilla||10|||
|5||18th Destroyer Flotilla||10|||
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