South Atlantic and South Pacific Station

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South Atlantic and South Pacific Station
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Active1914-1915
CountryUnited Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchRoyal Navy
TypeNaval Station
Part ofDepartment of Admiralty
Garrison/HQPort Stanley, Falkland Islands.
EngagementsBattle of the Falkland Islands


The South Atlantic and South Pacific Station was naval station created in November 1914 as one of the geographical divisions into which the Royal Navy divided its worldwide responsibilities. It was defined so by the Department of Admiralty to identify the area jurisdiction of the Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic and South Pacific and existed until January 1915.[1]

History

On 1 November German Admiral Maximilian von Spee's East Asiatic Squadron of five modern cruisers had defeated a small British squadron under Admiral Christopher Cradock, at the Battle of Coronel.[2] The British response to the defeat at Coronel saw the formation of a new squadron to replace the one lost at Coronel.[3] On 4 November 1914, Vice-Admiral Doveton Sturdee was appointed Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic and South Pacific. The Northern boundary of the South Atlantic and South Pacific Station was Latitude 5° North, bounded to the East and West by the Cape of Good Hope Station and Australia Station respectively.[4]

In Command

Commander-in-Chief, South Atlantic and South Pacific

Second-in-Command, South Atlantic and South Pacific

  • Rear-Admiral Archibald Peile Stoddart. 26 November, 1914 – 16 April, 1915.[6]

Footnotes

  1. Marder, Arthur (2014). From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: Volume II: To The Eve of Jutland 1914-1916. Barnsley, England.: Seaforth Publishing. p. xxv. ISBN 9781848321632.
  2. Rickard, J (19 August 2007), Battle of the Falklands, 8 December 1914 , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_falklands.ht
  3. Rickard, J (19 August 2007)
  4. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (1 March 2018). "Battle of the Falkland Islands - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  5. Marder, p. xxv.
  6. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (19 July 2019). "Archibald Peile Stoddart - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 3 November 2019.