Second-in-Command, Mediterranean Station

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Office of the
Second-in-Command, Mediterranean Station
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Admiralty
Reports toCommander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Station
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Term lengthnot fixed
usually 1-4 years
Formation1861
First holderRear-Admiral [Sydney Colpoys Dacres]]
Final holderVice-Admiral Henry Daniel Pridham-Wippell
AbolishedApril, 1942

The Second-in-Command, Mediterranean Station was a senior British Royal Navy flag officer appointment created in 18613. The office holder was deputy commander of the Mediterranean Station until April 1942.

History

The office holder was originally established as Second-in-Command, Mediterranean Sea from 1702 to 1841. In 1861 the former office's name was altered to Second-in-Command, Mediterranean Station. On 18 July 1941 as part of an expansion of duties the post holder was renamed Vice-Admiral Commanding, Light Forces and Second-in-Command Mediterranean Fleet until April 1942. The appointment of the Flag Officer, Air, and Second-in-Command, Mediterranean Fleet was created in January 1947 who was additionally responsible for administering the 2nd Aircraft Carrier Squadron [1] of the Mediterranean Fleet until February 1951 when it was disbanded. The Flag Officer, Air and Second-in-Command, Mediterranean Fleet, then became responsible for commanding shore based aviation based at Malta until 1958.[2] HMS Ocean, Theasus and Glory continued to serve in the Mediterranean Fleet until October 1954.[2]

Office Holders

Included:[3]

Second-in-Command Mediterranean Station
Rank Flag Name Term Notes/Ref
1 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sydney Colpoys Dacres December 1861-April 1863 [3]
2 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Hastings Reginald Yelverton April 1863-April 1865 [3]
3 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Astley Cooper-Key May 1870-August 1872 [3]
4 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Edward Augustus Inglefield 2August 1872-December 1876 [3]
5 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Edward Bridges Rice May 1876-July 1877 [3]
6 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir John Edmund Commerell July 1877-1878 [3]
7 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Lord Walter T. Kerr April 1890-April 1892 [3]
8 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Albert Hastings Markham April 1892-April 1894 [3]
9 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Compton Edward Domvile April 1894-May 1896 [3]
10 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Robert H. Harris May 1896-February 1898 [3]
11 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Gerard Henry Uctred Noel 1February 1898-February 1900 [3]
12 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Lord Charles William de la Poer Beresford February 1900-January 1902 [3]
13 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Burges Watson January-September 1902 [3]
14 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Reginald Neville Custance November 1902-November 1904 [3]
15 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Harry Tremenheere Grenfell November 1904-February 1906 [3]
16 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Francis Charles Bridgeman Bridgeman March 1906-February 1907 [3]
17 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Prince Louis of Battenberg February 1907-November 1908 [3]
18 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir George Astley Callaghan November 1908-October 1910 [3]
19 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Thomas Henry Martyn Jerram October 1910-May 1912 [3]
20 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Cecil Burney June-October 1913 [3]
21 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Michael Culme-Seymour January 1919-September 1920 [3]
22 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Richard Webb September 1920-September 1922 [3]
23 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png John Donald Kelly September 1922-August 1923 [3]
24 Rear-Admiral Rear Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Hugh Dudley Richards Watson August 1923-April 1925 [3]
25 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Michael Henry Hodges April 1925-May 1927 [3]
26 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir John Donald Kelly May 1927-April 1929 [3]
27 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png W. A. Howard Kelly April 1929-October 1930 [3]
28 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir William W. Fisher October 1930-April 1932 [3]
29 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Roger R.C. Backhouse April 1932-May 1934 [3]
30 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Charles Morton Forbes May 1934-August 1936 [3]
31 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Geoffrey Blake August 1936-July 1937 [3]
32 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Andrew B. Cunningham July 1937-August 1938 [3]
33 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Geoffrey Layton August 1938-November 1939 [3]
34 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png John Cronyn Tovey 18 July, 1940 - 23 October, 1940 [3]
35 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Henry Daniel Pridham-Wippell 23 October, 1940-1 April, 1942 [3]
36 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Cecil H.J. Harcourt January 1947 to January 1948
37 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Thomas Hope Troubridge January to December 1948
38 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png the Hon. Sir Cyril E. Douglas-Pennant December 1948 to April 1950
39 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Guy Grantham April 1950 to November 1951
40 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Ralph A. B. Edwards November 1951 to December 1952
41 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png William W. Davis December 1952 to February 1954
42 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png J. Peter L. Reid February 1954 to August 1955
43 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Maxwell Richmond August 1955 to October 1956
44 Vice-Admiral Vice Admiral command Flag RN from 1864.png Sir Robin L.F. Durnford-Slater October 1956 to 1958

References

  1. Grove, Eric J. (1987). Vanguard to Trident : British naval policy since World War II: Second Aircraft Carrier Squadron visits Mediterranean ports February 1948. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press. p. 470. ISBN 9780870215520.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment 1947-2013". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 12 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 Mackie, Colin. "Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin.com. Gordon Mackie, February 2020. p. 147. Retrieved 24 February 2020.