Channel Squadron (Commonwealth and Protectorate Navy)
Flag of the General at Sea
Commonwealth and Protectorate (1650-1659)
|Country|| Commonwealth of England|
|Role||Cruising, and Patrolling|
|Garrison/HQ||Portsmouth, Hampshire, England|
General at Sea, Sir Robert Blake
The Channel Squadron (1649-1657) was a series of temporary naval formations first formed under the Navy Royal during the sixteenth century, then later the Commonwealth Navy in the mid-17th century and again at the start of the 18th century as part of the Royal Navy
Initially the English Navy had organized its fleet into sub-commands namely squadrons from as early as 1205  and certainly during the 16th century. A channel squadron was operating out of Portsmouth from around 1523.By 1560 The Navy Royal had three functioning squadrons one in the Channel, and the Irish Sea and another in the North Sea.. During the Spanish Armada campaign a detached Channel/Western squadron was reassigned from the main Navy Royal Fleet and sent to Plymouth under the command of Vice-Admiral Sir Francis Drake. From 1509 until 1603 Vice-Admirals commanding particular fleets were styled so as to denote he was junior to the Lord Admiral of England these flag officers were formally appointed by the crown.
At the end of the English Civil War (1642–1651) the Kingdom of England became the Commonwealth of England (1649–1653,1659–1660) and the former Navy Royal became the Parliamentary Navy in 1642. In 1649 the parliamentary navy was renamed the Commonwealth Navy. Between 1654 and 1658 the Commonwealth of England was renamed the Commonwealth of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland or the Protectorate. In 1660 the Monarch of England of England was restored as head of State but with far less power than they had before, the Parliament of England now controlled the country.
Vice-Admiral in the Channel (1649-1652)
Admiral Commanding in the Channel (1652-1657)
- Admiral Sir George Ayscue 1652
- Admiral and General at Sea, Sir Robert Blake, 1652-1657 (commanding, channel squadron and at the downs/narrows seas) 
Vice-Admiral in the Channel (1659-1660)
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