Pacific Squadron

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Pacific Squadron
Royal Navy Blue Ensign 1801 to 1864.gif
Ensign of the final C-in-C, South America Station
CountryUnited Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
TypeNaval Squadron
RoleTrade Protection
Part ofSouth America Station
Garrison/HQRio de Janiero Brazil
FirstCaptain: James Hillyar
LastCaptain: Thomas Ball Sullivan

The Pacific Squadron was a naval formation established by British Royal Navy in 1813 during the War of 1812. It was the primary naval force the South America Station until 1837, then briefly it was assigned to the Pacific Station.[1]


The British Pacific Squadron was formed in 1813 and placed under the command of the Commodore of the Pacific Squadron. The squadron was the primary naval formation of the South America Station. In 1838 when the South America Station was split up to form two separate naval stations, the Pacific Station and the Brazil Station. The squadron was then reassigned to the Pacific Station for one year before it was disbanded. The squadrons fist commanding officer was Captain James Hillyar holding the temporary rank of commodore. The final commanding officer was Captain Thomas Ball Sullivan.

In Command

Commodore of the Pacific Squadron


  1. Ortiz-Sotelo, Jorge. (1998). Peru and the British naval station (1808-1839). Thesis. PhD Doctor of Philosophy. University of St Andrews. Scotland. Abstract p.ii.