Naval Air Stations, Ceylon

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Naval Air Stations, Ceylon
HMS Lanka (09-1942-02-1943)
HMS Ukussa (02-08, 1943)
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active1943-1945
CountryFlag of Ceylon 1875 to 1948.png British Ceylon
AllegianceFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Part ofNaval Air Stations, Indian Ocean
R.N. Air Station, KatukurundaKalutara, Ceylon

Naval Air Stations, Ceylon was a former Fleet Air Arm command area of the Royal Navy established to provide collective oversight over all Royal Naval Air Station's in Ceylon. It existed from September 1942 until August 1943.

History

Naval Air Stations, Ceylon was a former shore command of the Royal Navy created to provide collective oversight over Royal Naval Air stations, sections and repair yards in Ceylon. The command was commanded by the Commodore-in-Charge, Naval Air Stations, Ceylon who was based at HM Naval Base, Colombo known as HMS Lanka from September 1942 to February, 1943.

On 1 February 1943 the command was moved further south to the town of Katukurunda, Kalutura, Ceylon to R.N. Air Station, Katukurunda known as HMS Ukussa at which point the commanding officer's title was altered to Commodore, Naval Air Stations, Ceylon.

In Command

Commodore-in-Charge, Naval Air Stations, Ceylon (1942-1943)

Rank Flag Name Term Notes/Ref
Commodore, Naval Air Stations, East Africa
1 Commodore 2nd Class Commodore 2nd class command flag RN from 1864.png Frank Elliott September 1942 – 1 February 1943 [1]

Commodore, Naval Air Stations, Ceylon (Feb-Aug, 1943)

Rank Flag Name Term Notes/Ref
Commodore, Naval Air Stations, East Africa
1 Commodore 2nd Class Commodore 2nd class command flag RN from 1864.png Frank Elliott 1 February 1943 – August 1943 [2]

Components under this Command

Naval Air Stations

Included:[3]

# unit location active
1 Royal Naval Air Station, Colombo Racecourse Colombo, Ceylon 1943-1944.
2 Royal Naval Air Station, Katukurunda Puttalam, Ceylon 1942-1944.
3 Royal Naval Air Station, Puttalam Puttalam, Ceylon 1942-1944.

Naval Aircraft Training Establishments

Included:[4]

# unit location active
1 Royal Naval Aircraft Training Establishment, Maharagama Maharagama, Ceylon 1943-1944.

Additional Notes

Rear-Admiral Frank Elliott had earlier retired from the Royal Navy in July, 1936. He was reinstated for service with Royal Navy in November, 1939 with the rank of Commodore Second Class for the duration of the war.[5]

References

  1. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945  --  E". www.unithistories.com. Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  2. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945  --  E". www.unithistories.com. Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  3. Drury, Tony (2010–2020). "FAA Bases by country 1939-present day". royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk. T. Drury. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  4. Drury
  5. Houterman and Koppes.