Flotillas (Mediterranean)

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Flotillas (Mediterranean)
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
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 Fleet
Garrison/HQMalta Dockyard, Malta
FirstRear-Admiral Frederick Robertson Parham.
LastRear-Admiral James Humphrey Walwyn.

Flotillas (Mediterranean) was Royal Navy command established in 1951 to provide collective oversight over all operational flotillas allocated to the Mediterranean Fleet, usually under the command of a Rear-Admiral and at other times a Vice-Admiral.

The commanding officer was known as the Flag Officer Flotillas, Mediterranean.


Following World War Two there was an increasing tendency for squadrons to undertake administrative duties, and to assume responsibility for training and readiness. After 1951 the term flotilla applied to the higher command organisation of squadrons in the Home and Mediterranean Fleets.[1]

The squadrons of the Home Fleet were grouped under a Flag Officer [Flotillas] Home Fleet who became the main seagoing flag officer. A similar arrangement applied to the Flag Officer [Flotillas] Mediterranean Fleet.[2]

In the Far East the Flag Officer 5th Cruiser Squadron became Flag Officer 2nd in Command with similar seagoing duties. Increasingly the term 'Submarine Flotilla' was used to describe the squadrons under command of the Flag Officer Submarines.[3]

In Command

Flag Officer (Flotillas) Mediterranean (1951-1967)


  1. Watson, Dr Graham (12 July 2015). "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment 1947-2013". www.naval-history.net. England: Gordon Smith. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  2. Watson.
  3. Watson.