HMS Egret (1939)
|HM Naval Base||Aden, Colony of Aden, (1941-42)|
The Red Sea was a naval command area of operations of the Royal Navy as one of the geographical divisions into which it divided its worldwide responsibilities. It operated from 1846 until 18 May 1942 when the command was renamed Red Sea and Canal Area.
Historically, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden have formed a highway linking Europe, Africa, and Asia. During the nineteenth century, the waterway became one of the British Empire’s principal sea lines of communication, particularly after the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. The Admiralty created mobile naval formations to operate in this area from as early as 1846 when the Red Sea Division was formed it was based out of Aden. During World War One the Red Sea command was unified with the Egypt command to form the Egypt and Red Sea Station until 1920.
During World War Two the Red Sea Area encompassed to the east Saudi Arabia had close ties with Britain, and at the southern end of the Red Sea, Aden was a British colony. On the west shore were Egypt and the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, and further south French and British Somaliland. In between the Sudan and Somaliland were the linked Italian colonies of Eritrea, Ethiopia (Abyssinia) and Italian Somaliland. Bordering them to the south was British Kenya.
Senior Officer in the Red Sea (1884-86)
|Senior Officer in the Red Sea|
|1||Commodore 2nd Class||Robert Henry More-Molyneux||1884 – 1886|||
Senior Officer, Red Sea Sloops (1934)
|Senior Officer, Red Sea|
|1||Captain||the Hon. Claude Preston Hermon-Hodge||31 March 1934 – July, 1934|||
Senior Officer, Red Sea (1934-35)
|Senior Officer, Red Sea|
|1||Captain||the Hon. Claude Preston Hermon-Hodge||July, 1934 – October, 1935|||
|Senior Naval Officer, Red Sea|
|1||Captain||John Campbell Annesley||2 June 1939 – 19 January 1940|||
|2||Captain||H. E. Horan||19 January 1940 – 29 June 1940|||
Flag Officer Commanding, Red Sea (1941-42)
|Flag Officer Commanding, Red Sea|
|1||Rear-Admiral||Ronald Hamilton Curzon Hallifax||21 October 1941 to 15 February 1942 |
|2||Vice-Admiral||Ronald Hamilton Curzon Hallifax||15 February 1942 to 17 May 1942 |
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