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HM Naval Base, Chatham
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Part ofNore Station

Chatham was a major naval base and area command of the Royal Navy and a subcommand of the Nore Station. At times it encompassed Chatham Dockyard and the Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.[1]


Chatham naval base. Henry VIII developed Deptford and Woolwich as naval bases and dockyards but in 1550 it was decided to develop Gillingham Water or Chatham, on the Medway, 20 miles nearer to the North Sea. During the Dutch wars of the 17th cent., Chatham became the major naval base. In 1667, in a surprise raid, De Ruyter burst through the boom at Sheerness, wreaked havoc on the ships at harbour, and towed away the Royal Charles. The base and dockyard closed in the 1980s.

In Command

Maintenance Captain, HM Naval Base, Chatham (1937-45)

  1. Captain E. J. Patrick Brind, June - July, 1937.[2]
  2. Captain A.G. Hine, 29 March, 1939 - 9 October, 1942.[3]
  3. Captain Colin Alexander Gordon Hutchison, 9 October, 1942 - 24 August, 1943.[4]
  4. A/Captain. Edward Cawdron Cordeaux, 24 August, 1943 - July, 1945.[5]

Port Admiral, Chatham (1971-1983)


  1. Annett, Alysiamarie. "Chatham Interface Land Development". Medway Council. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  2. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "World War II unit histories & R.N. officers: B." Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes.
  3. Houterman, Hans. "Royal Navy Nore Command 1939-1945". Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  4. Houterman and Koppes
  5. Houterman and Koppes