Flag Officer Commanding, North Atlantic Station

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Flag Officer Commanding, North Atlantic Station
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Department of Admiralty
AbbreviationFOCNA
Reports toFirst Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
FormationNovember, 1939
First holderVice-Admiral Sir Dudley Burton Napier North
Final holderVice-Admiral George Frederick Basset Edward-Collins
AbolishedSeptember, 1943

The Flag Officer Commanding, North Atlantic Station. was a senior British Royal Navy appointment from 1 November, 1939 until 9 September, 1943. He was responsible for the command of the North Atlantic Station.[1]

History

At the outbreak of the Second World War the local Gibraltar command was elevated to a larger North Atlantic naval area command with responsibility for the sea lanes on either side of the Straits of Gibraltar.[2] This office was created on 1 November, 1939 the first incumbent of this office was Vice-Admiral Sir Dudley Burton Napier North. The office holder was responsible for the command of the North Atlantic Station. The final office holder was Vice-Admiral George Frederick Basset Edward-Collins.[3]

Office Holders

Flag Officer Commanding, North Atlantic Station
Rank Flag Name Term
1 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Dudley Burton Napier North 1 November, 1939 – 8 May, 1940.[4]
2 Admiral Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Dudley Burton Napier North 8 May, 1940 – 9 December, 1940.[5]
3 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png George Frederick Basset Edward-Collins 9 December, 1940 – 9 September, 1943.[6]

Additional Titles

From 1 November 1939 until June, 1941 this office also held the joint title of Admiral-Superintendent, Gibraltar Dockyard.

References

  1. Rose, Susan (2008). "XI: The Relief of Admiral North in Gibraltar in 1940". The Naval Miscellany. Farnham, United Kingdom.: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 463. ISBN 978-0-7546-6431-4.
  2. Rose. p.463.
  3. Rose. p.463.
  4. Rose. p.463.
  5. Rose. p.463.
  6. Rose. p.463.