Singapore

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HM Naval Base, Singapore
HMS Kent (1927-29),HMS Suffolk (1929-32), HMS Tamar III (1933-34), HMS Terror II (1934-39), HMS Sultan (1939-1941), HMS Terror (1946-71)
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Active
CountryUnited Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchRoyal Navy
TypeNaval Base
RoleStation
Part ofChina Station (?)
Garrison/HQRN Base, Singapore
Commanders
FirstCommander John Sharpey Schafer
LastCaptain Andrew K. Steele.

Singapore was a base of operations and naval command of the British Royal Navy established in 1914. It was deactivated in 1971.

History

The construction of the Singapore naval abse began in 1922, followed a year later, by the construction of the causeway linking the Island of Singapore to the Malayan mainland.

Eleven years later in 1933, the naval base was ready and accommodation was required for personnel not embarked in warships stationed at or visiting Singapore, so the Admiralty brought the old Monitor HMS Terror in as the Naval Base Ship and she remained as such until 1940. In 1935, construction began ashore to accommodate the sailors attached to the base and this was finished in 1941. It was always referred to as F.S.A., meaning Fleet Shore Accommodation.

On the 7th December 1941 the Japanese attacked the US Base at Peal Harbour. Then three days later on the 10th December, Japanese aircraft attacked and sank two British capital ships, HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse part of the Eastern Fleet task force Force Z were stationed at Singapore.

Naval HQ

Singapore Naval Base in 1966.

Captain-in-Charge, Singapore (1914-34)

  1. Commander John Sharpey Schafer, August, 1914 – November, 1914.
  2. Captain Cloudesley Varyl Robinson, November, 1921. – 30 November, 1923.
  3. Captain Percy Richard Stevens, 30 November, 1923 – 9 December, 1925
  4. Captain Hugh Skinner Shipway, 9 December, 1925 – 10 October, 1927.
  5. Captain Geoffrey Mackworth, 10 October, 1927. – 5 November, 1929
  6. Captain Evelyn Claude Ogilvie Thomson, 5 November, 1929 – 2 October, 1931 .
  7. Captain Miles Brock Birkett, 2 October, 1931 – 19 November, 1932.
  8. Captain Malcolm Raphael Joseph Maxwell-Scott, 19 November, 1932 – 1 September, 1934.[1]

Commodore-in-Charge of Naval Establishments at Singapore (1934-1940)

  1. Commodore 2nd Class William P. Mark-Wardlaw, 1 September 1934 – 31 July 1936.(and as Commodore, Malaya)
  2. Commodore 2nd Class Marshal Llewelyn Clarke, 31 July, 1936 –- 10 October, 1938, (ditto).[2]
  3. Commodore 1st Class Thomas Bernard Drew, 10 October, 1938 – 1 January, 1940, (ditto).[3]

Rear-Admiral-in-Charge of Naval Establishments at Singapore (1940-1941)

  1. Rear-Admiral Thomas Bernard Drew, 1 January, 1940 - 10 June, 1941 (also Rear-Admiral, Malaya).[4]
  2. Rear-Admiral Ernest John Spooner, 10 June, 1941 - December, 1941 (ditto until February 1942).

Captain-in-Charge, Singapore (1945-58)

  1. Rear-Admiral Sir John Anthony Vere Morse, September, 1945 – April, 1946, (also Flag Officer, Malaya).
  2. Rear-Admiral Henry J. Egerton, April, 1946 – December, 1947, (also Flag Officer, Malayan Area).
  3. Vice-Admiral Clifford Caslon, December, 1947 – January, 1950, (ditto).
  4. Rear-Admiral Hugh W. Faulkner, January, 1950 – December, 1951, (ditto).
  5. Rear-Admiral Anthony Follett Pugsley, December, 1951 – November 1953, (also Flag Officer, Malaya).
  6. Rear-Admiral Ernest H. Shattock: November 1953 – April 1956, (ditto).
  7. Rear-Admiral George Arthur Thring: May 1956 – 1958, (also Flag Officer, Malayan Area).

References

  1. Admiralty, British (July 1934). "Flag Officers in Commission". The Navy List. London: H.M.S.O. p. 199.
  2. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945  --  C". www.unithistories.com. Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  3. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945  --  D". www.unithistories.com. Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  4. Houterman and Koppes