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HMS Colleen
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CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
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Part ofWestern Approaches Station
Garrison/HQRN Base, Galway

Galway was naval command of the Royal Navy headquartered at Galway, County Galway, Ireland. It was part of the Western Approaches Station during World War One from October, 1919 to October, 1921.[1]


During World War One it was a Royal Naval Patrol base for responsible for the Auxiliary Patrol Area XX covering Galway Bay and the West Coast of Ireland.[2]

In Command

Senior Naval Officer, Galway (1916-1919)

  • Commander Francis W. Hanan, 1916 – October, 1919.
  • Commander Richard P. White, October, 1919 – October, 1921.


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.


  1. The Navy List. (Oct 1921). pp.695=696.
  2. Archives, The National. "Auxiliary Patrol Weekly Reports, Areas XVIII, XIX, XX and XXI, Queenstown, 1917, ADM 137/533". Retrieved 21 February 2020.