Port Sudan

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Port Sudan
‎HMS Stag (1939-1945)
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
Active1915–1919, 1940-1941
CountryFlag of Egypt 1922–1958.svg.png Egypt
AllegianceFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Part ofEgypt and Red Sea Station, (1915-1919).
Garrison/HQPort Said

Port Sudan was a naval base and area command of the British Royal Navy, it was frist established during World War I.[1] Command was initially vested in a naval resident or naval officer in charge. It was a sub-area command of the larger Egypt and Red Sea Station, (1915-1919). It was reactivated during World War II.


Map of RN Bases and Ports Eastern Africa, Red Sea & Indian Ocean in World War Two. © Graham Smith https://www.naval-history.net

Port Sudan is the principal seaport of Sudan, located on the Red Sea coast 295 miles (475 km) by rail northeast of the Nile River valley at ʿAṭbarah. It was established by British between 1905 and 1909 to replace Port Sawākin (Suakin)—the historic, coral-choked Arab port.

During World War One its served as a minor base of operations for the Royal Navy from 1915 to 1919.[2] During World War Two it served as a base of operations for the navy and a troop transportation point.

At various times it encompassed a shore base, naval formations and other ships not attached to other formations.

In Command

Resident Naval Officer, Port Sudan (1915-1919)

  1. Lieutenant-Commander R.N.R. (retd) Philip Nelson Draper, 11 January, 1915 - 13 July, 1919.[3][4]

Senior Naval Officer, Port Sudan (1924-1925)

  1. Lieutenant-Commander Walter Napier Thomason Beckett October 1924 - April 1925.

Naval Officer-in-Charge, Port Sudan (1940-1943)

  1. Commander Geoffrey Thomas Whitehouse, D.S.C., R.N.R. 14 June, 1940 - February, 1941.[5]
  2. Commander A J T Robertson, (retd), 1941 - 1943.

Other Personnel Based in Port Sudan

Sea Transport Officer-in-Charge, Port Sudan (1940)

  1. Acting Commander John Ramsbottom "Jack" Davies. R.N.R. 31 August 1940 - October 1940.[6]


  1. Admiralty, British (May 1919). The Navy List. London: H.M.S.O. p. 1042.
  2. The Navy List (May 1919) p.1042.
  3. The Navy List (May 1919) p.1042.
  4. Government, H.M. (13 July 1919). Supplement to the London Gazette. The London Gazette. Issue:31483 Supplement:9832. London. Access Date: 26 June 2021.
  5. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) Officers 1939-1945: W." Netherlands: Houterm and and Koppes. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  6. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) officers 1939-1945 -- D". www.unithistories.com. Netherlands: Houtermand and Koppes. Retrieved 19 November 2020.