Destroyer Flotillas (Mediterranean)

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Destroyer Flotillas (Mediterranean)
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active1924-1943
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Part ofMediterranean Station
Garrison/HQMalta Dockyard, Malta
Commanders
FirstRear-Admiral Albert P. Addison.
LastCommodore Second Class: P. Todd.
Notable
commanders
Vice-Admiral James F. Somerville.

Destroyer Flotillas (Mediterranean) was Royal Navy command established in September, 1924 when a decision was made to provide collective oversight over all destroyer flotillas allocated to the Mediterranean Station, under a Rear-Admiral and at various times a Vice-Admiral and Commodore.[1]

The commanding officer was known as the Rear Admiral (D) Commanding Destroyer Flotillas, Mediterranean or Vice Admiral (D) Commanding Destroyer Flotillas and Commodore (D) Commanding, Destroyer Flotillas, Mediterranean.[2] This command was active until October, 1943.[3][4]

In Command

Rear Admiral (D) Commanding Destroyer Flotillas, Mediterranean (1924-1936)

Included:[5]

  1. Rear-Admiral Albert P. Addison, 1 September, 1924 – 1 August, 1926
  2. Rear-Admiral Hon. Sir Herbert Meade-Fetherstonhaugh, 1 August, 1926 – 1 August, 1928
  3. Rear-Admiral Arthur B. S. Dutton, 1 August, 1928 – 1 August, 1930
  4. Rear-Admiral Charles Morton Forbes, 1 August, 1930 – 20 November, 1931
  5. Rear-Admiral Frank F. Rose, 13 November, 1931 – c. 30 December, 1933
  6. Rear-Admiral Andrew B. Cunningham, 2 December, 1933 – 21 March, 1936
  7. Rear-Admiral James Fownes Somerville, 21 March, 1936 – 11 September, 1937.

Vice Admiral (D) Commanding Destroyer Flotillas, Mediterranean (1936-1938)

Included:[6]

  1. Vice-Admiral James Fownes Somerville, 11 September, 1937 – February, 1938

Rear Admiral (D) Commanding Destroyer Flotillas, Mediterranean (1938-1942)

Included:[7]

  1. Rear-Admiral John Cronyn Tovey, March, 1938 – 18 July, 1940
  2. Rear-Admiral Irvine Gordon Glennie, 12 May, 1941 – 24 August, 1942

Commodore (D) Commanding, Destroyer Flotillas, Mediterranean (1942-1943)

  1. Commodore Second Class: Percy Todd, 24 August, 1942 - 24 October, 1943.[8]

Flotilla's under this Command (1924-1939)

Below is a list of destroyer flotillas that were allocated to the Mediterranean Fleet by date and under this command.[9]

Flotilla's under this Command (1939-1943)

Below is a list of destroyer flotillas that were allocated to the Mediterranean Fleet by date and under this command.[10]

  • 1st Destroyer Flotilla – (September – November, 1939).
  • 2nd Destroyer Flotilla – (September, 1939) dispersed to South Atlantic & West Indies
  • 2nd Destroyer Flotilla – (May, 1940 – February, 1942).
  • 3rd Destroyer Flotilla – (September – October, 1939).
  • 4th Destroyer Flotilla – (September – November, 1939).
  • 4th Destroyer Flotilla – (November, 1942 – March, 1943)
  • 5th Destroyer Flotilla – (April, 1941 – October, 1943), (remained in Med till May, 1945)
  • 7th Destroyer Flotilla – (March, 1941 – January, 1942)
  • 8th Destroyer Flotilla – (June – September, 1943).
  • 10th Destroyer Flotilla – (January, 1940 – July, 1941).
  • 11th Destroyer Flotilla – (August, 1942 – January, 1943).
  • 12th Destroyer Flotilla – (1942 – October, 1943), (Greek manned).
  • 14th Destroyer Flotilla – (May, 1940 – October, 1943), (remained in Med till 1946)
  • 21st Destroyer Flotilla – (October – December, 1939).
  • 22nd Destroyer Flotilla – (February, 1942 – October, 1943), (remained in Med till May, 1945)
  • 24th Destroyer Flotilla – (April – October, 1943), (remained in Med till May, 1945)

References

  1. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (11 December 2019). "Mediterranean Station - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  2. Harley and Lovell, (December 2019). Mediterranean Station. The Dreadnought Project.
  3. Harley and Lovell, (December 2019). Mediterranean Station. The Dreadnought Project.
  4. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy, Mediterranean Fleet 1939-1945". www.unithistories.com. Houterman and Koppes.
  5. Harley and Lovell, (December 2019). Mediterranean Station. The Dreadnought Project.
  6. Harley and Lovell, (December 2019). Mediterranean Station. The Dreadnought Project.
  7. Harley and Lovell, (December 2019). Mediterranean Station. The Dreadnought Project.
  8. Admiralty, British. (Dec 1942). The Navy List. Flag Officers in Commission. H.M.S.O. London. England. p.1339.
  9. Watson, Dr Graham (2 September 2015). "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1919-1939". naval-history.net. Gordon Smith. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  10. Watson, Dr Graham (19 September 2015). "Royal Navy Orgnisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". naval-history.net. England: Gordon Smith. Retrieved 1 February 2020.