Patrol Flotillas

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Patrol Flotillas
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Active1912-1916
CountryUnited Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchRoyal Navy
TypePatrol
RolePatrol
Commanders
In CommandAdmiral of Patrols
FirstRear-Admiral John de Robeck
LastCommodore 1st Class George Alexander Ballard

The Patrol Flotillas was an independent naval command of the British Royal Navy from 31 July 1912 to 1916. It was commanded by the Admiral of Patrols. Its units were dispersed in November, 1916 to the East Coast of England Station.

In Command

Admiral of Patrols

Naval Formations under this command

As of May 1912-1914:[1][2]

Destroyer Flotillas

# Unit Based at Dates Notes
1 5th Destroyer Flotilla Devonport March 1909-1913 1 cruiser leader - 1 scout cruiser - approx 23 destroyers
2 6th Destroyer Flotilla Portsmouth May 1912-1914 3 scout cruisers - approx 22 destroyers
3 7th Destroyer Flotilla Humber then Devonport May 1912-1914 1 scout cruiser, 21 destroyers - 12 torpedo boats
4 8th Destroyer Flotilla Tyne then Chatham May 1912-1914 1 scout cruiser - 12 destroyers - 13 torpedo boat destroyers
5 9th Destroyer Flotilla Sheerness then Rosyth/Forth then Nore May 1912-1914 1 cruiser leaders - 1-2 scout cruisers - approx 20 - 27 destroyers

Submarine Flotillas

# Unit Based at Dates Notes
1 4th Submarine Flotilla AOP 1914-1918 7 boats
2 5th Submarine Flotilla AOP 1914-1918 6 boats
3 6th Submarine Flotilla AOP 1914-1918 6 boats
4 7th Submarine Flotilla AOP 1914-1918 12 boats
5 8th SubmarineFlotilla AOP 1914-1918 13 boats
6 9th Submarine Flotilla AOP 1914-1918 3 boats

Units

flotilla vessels 1914[3]
Type Number of units
Sentinel-class cruiser 2
Pathfinder-class cruiser 1
F Class DD 12
Old Destroyers 62
Torpedo boats 24
Other 8
Total 109


flotilla vessels 1915[4]
Type Number of units
Sentinel-class cruiser 2
Pathfinder-class cruiser 1
F Class DD 8
Old Destroyers 45
Torpedo boats 18
Other 14
Total 80

Other Component Forces

The Auxiliary Patrol was a component force under the (ADMP) and composed of a large number of small craft tasked with minesweeping and anti-submarine patrols, initially around the British Isles, but later also in the Mediterranean. The Auxiliary Patrol was the front-line force in the defence of initially the British Isles, but later also the Mediterranean, against German mines and submarines.

See also

References

  1. Smith, Gordon. "World War 1 Dispositions of Royal Navy ships". naval-history.net. Naval History.net, 5 January 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  2. Dunn, Steve (2017). "4: War August to October 1914". Securing the Narrow Sea: The Dover Patrol 1914 - 1918. Barnsley, England: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 9781848322516.
  3. Smith, Gordon. "World War 1 Dispositions of Royal Navy ships". naval-history.net. Naval History.net, 5 January 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  4. Smith, Gordon. "World War 1 Dispositions of Royal Navy ships". naval-history.net. Naval History.net, 5 January 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2017.

Sources

  1. Harley Simon, Lovell Tony, (2017), Admiral of Patrols, dreadnoughtproject.org, http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org.
  2. Lambert, Nicholas A. (1999). Sir John Fisher's Naval Revolution. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 1570032777
  3. Smith, Gordon. (2015). "World War 1 Dispositions of Royal Navy ships". naval-history.net. Naval History.net.