East Coast of England Station

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East Coast of England Station
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Active1915–1919
Country United Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
TypeNaval Station

The East Coast of England Station was one of the geographical divisions into which the Royal Navy divided its world-wide responsibilities from 1915 to 1919. The station was responsible for the coastal defence of the East Coast of England.[1]

History

Established prior to the world war one to command the patrol flotillas of destroyers and torpedo boats which were formed at various bases down the east coast of Britain, from the Forth to the Humber. In November 1916 the office of Admiral of Patrols was abolished at which point a change in responsibility meant this station would provide a more immediate coastal defence against a descent by German forces on that coast. This task was carried out throughout the war until it was deactivated in 1919.[2]

In Command

Rear-Admiral Commanding, East Coast of England (1915-1916)

Vice-Admiral Commanding, East Coast of England (1916-1919)

Components of the Station

Naval Formations

Unit Ships Location From To Notes/Ref
4th Destroyer Flotilla 11 Humber Sep. 1916 Dec. 1916 TB Destroyers.[3]
7th Destroyer Flotilla 11 Humber Nov. 1915 Nov. 1918 TB Destroyers.[4]
8th Destroyer Flotilla 8 Firth of Forth Nov. 1915 1917 ditto.[5]
20th Destroyer Flotilla 20 Immingham Nov. 1915 Nov. 1918 minelaying destroyers.[6]
50 ships

Naval Facilities

Unit From To Ref
Immingham Naval Base 1915 1918 [7]

Footnotes

  1. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (22 November 2017). "East Coast of England Station - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  2. Watson, Dr Graham (27 October 2015). "Organisation of the Royal Navy 1914 to 1918". naval-history.net. Gordon Smith. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
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Bibliography

  1. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (22 November 2017). "East Coast of England Station - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  2. Watson, Dr Graham (27 October 2015). "Organisation of the Royal Navy 1914 to 1918". naval-history.net. Gordon Smith. Retrieved 30 July 2019.