|HMS Lynx (1939-1946)|
|Role||Area of Responsibility|
|First||Vice Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay|
|Last||Rear Admiral Henry Hugh Bousfield|
Dover Command was a major naval command area of the Royal Navy during World War One and World War Two. Its operational commander was known as the Flag Officer Commanding, Dover.
During the Second World War, like Rosyth Command, and Orkneys and Shetlands Command, this former Great War command at Dover was re-established in 1939 to control and protect sea traffic in the Straits of Dover. It was formed by removing the Straits from Nore Command. Its function was to protect the supply lines to France. Its primary role failed disastrously during its supervision of the evacuation from Dunkirk code-named Operation Dynamo. Once the threat of a German invasion subsided in 1941, its continued existence as a separate command from Nore Command was perceived by some quarters as more to do with prestige. The command played a prominent part in the Normandy landings.
Flag Officer Commanding, Dover (1939-45)
- Vice Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay, (retd), 24 August 1939 – April 1942.
- Commodore, First Class Robert Lionel Brooke Cunliffe, 23 April 1942 – 1 August 1942.
- Vice Admiral Henry Daniel Pridham-Wippell, 1 August 1942 – June 1944.
- Admiral Sir Henry Daniel Pridham-Wippell, June 1944 – 10 July 1945.
- Rear Admiral Henry Hugh Bousfield, 10 July 1945 – June 1946.
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. Note that components were not all permanently stationed at Dover; they were regularly re-assigned by the Admiralty. The base ship and headquarters at Dover was HMS Lynx, which paid off in 1946.
Shore establishments/sub commands included those at Dover, Dungeness, Dunkirk, Folkestone, Ramsgate, Selsey, the Dover dockyard, and HM Coastal Force Base, Folkestone
|11th Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla|
|12th Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla|
|14th Motor Gun Boat Flotilla|
|19th Destroyer Flotilla||1939–1940|
|19th Minelayer Flotilla|
|21st Minelayer Flotilla|
|2nd Motor Gun Boat Flotilla|
|2nd Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla|
|3rd Submarine Flotilla||1914–1919|
|4th Submarine Flotilla||1914–1919|
|50th Minelayer Flotilla|
|50th Motor Launch Flotilla||1914–1919|
|51st Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla|
|59th Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla|
|5th Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla|
|5th Submarine Flotilla||1914–1919|
|6th Destroyer Flotilla||Jun. 1914–1919|
|6th Minesweeper Flotilla||1940–1944|
|9th Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla|
|Downs Boarding Flotilla||1914–1919|
|Minesweeping Group 125|
|Minesweeping Group 126|
|Minesweeping Group 46|
|Minesweeping Group 61|
|Dover||1914, 1939||1919, 1945|
|Dunkirk||1914, 1940||1919, 1942|
|Ramsgate||1915, 1939||1919, 1944|
|Dover Dockyard||1914, 1939||1919, 1945|
- The Navy List. (Dec 1920). p.694.