Rear-Admiral, Second-in-Command, Atlantic Fleet

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Rear-Admiral, Second-in-Command, Atlantic Fleet
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Ensign of the Royal Navy
Department of Admiralty
Reports toCommander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet
NominatorFirst Lord of the Admiralty
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Subject to formal approval by the King-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed (typically 1–3 years)
Inaugural holderRear-Admiral Francis Bridgeman
Formation1904-1912

The Rear-Admiral, Second-in-Command, Atlantic Fleet was a former senior operational appointment of the British Royal Navy from June 1904 to August 1912 during the first formation of the Atlantic Fleet. The office was not revived during the second formation of the Atlantic fleet from 1919 to 1932. In 1932 the Atlantic Fleet was re designated Home Fleet.

History

In December 1904 the Channel Fleet was renamed as the 'Atlantic Fleet'.[1] The Atlantic Fleets first formation lasted until 1912, due to the risk of potential conflict with Germany the Royal Navy re-organised it fleet formations and the Atlantic Fleet was re-designated the 3rd Battle Squadron.[2]

During this period the Atlantic Fleet was initially headquartered at HM Dockyard, Gibraltar. Its purpose was to either reinforce the Channel Fleet or the Mediterranean Fleet, from January 1905 to February 1907. It remained at Gibraltar until April 1912.[3]

Office Holders

Included:[4]

Rear-Admiral, Second-in-Command, Atlantic Fleet
Rank Flag Name Term
1 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Francis Bridgeman 25 June 1904 – 25 August 1905
2 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Archibald Milne 25 August 1905 – 25 August 1906
3 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png George L.C. Egerton 25 August 1906 – 28 August 1907
4 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir John R. Jellicoe 28 August 1907 – 25 August 1908
5 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png William B. Fisher 25 August 1908 – 26 August 1909
6 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Colin R. Keppel 26 August 1909 – 12 September 1910
7 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sackville H. Carden 12 September 1910 – 29 August 1911 (co-assigned)
8 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Christopher G. F. M. Cradock 29 August 1911 – 29 August 1912

Footnotes

  1. National Archives records
  2. "Navy Estimates 1912-13". Hansard. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. Smith, Gordon. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployments 1900-1914". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 8 August 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  4. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Atlantic Fleet (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 18 July 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2019.

Bibliography

  1. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Atlantic Fleet (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 18 July 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. "Navy Estimates 1912-13". Hansard. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. Smith, Gordon. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployments 1900-1914". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 8 August 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2019.