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CountryFlag of Italy (1861–1946).jpg Italy
AllegianceFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Part ofTaranto Area Command (1943-44), Western Italy Command (1944)
FirstLieutenant Edmund A. Stone R.N.V.R.
LastCaptain Edward Haynes Tarrant Hubbard R.N.

Naples was a base of operations of the Royal Navy during World War One and again in World War Two. It was part of the Taranto Area Command (1943-44) then the Western Italy Command (1944).


During World War One Naples was used as a transportation for British forces. During World War Two following the landing at Salerno, Italy, Allied troops captured Naples, Italy on October 1, 1943, which was left in very poor conditions by retreating Germans. From the destruction of food factories, to polluting the water supply, to the burning of the city's archives, the Neapolitans quickly needed to rebuild the city. The U.S. Navy and Royal Navy aided the citizens and helped salvage the city, though German U-boats plagued their progress by attacking Allied shipping.[1]

In Command

Naval Transport Officer-in-Charge, Naples

  1. Lieutenant Edmund A. Stone R.N.V.R. (temp), December, 1918.[2]

Naval Officer-in-Charge, Naples (1943-44)

  1. Captain R E F McQ, Mackenzie, 30 September, 1943 - 12 June, 1944.[3]
  2. Captain Edward Haynes Tarrant Hubbard, 12 June, 1944 - October, 1944, (also Commanding Officer, Royal Naval Barracks, Naples).[4][5]


  1. "WWII: Naples, Italy". public2.nhhcaws.local. National Museum of the U.S. Navy. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  2. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 1154a.
  3. The Navy List: Flag Officers in Commission. London, England: H.M.S.O. February 1944. p. 2023.
  4. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "World War II unit histories & officers: Royal Navy: H." Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  5. The Navy List: Flag Officers in Commission. London, England: H.M.S.O. October 1944. p. 2262.