Suez

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HM Naval Base, Port Suez
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Active
CountryFlag of the Khedivate of Egypt (1881–1914) and the Sultanate of Egypt (1914–1922).png Sultanate of Egypt (1914–1922)
Flag of Egypt 1922–1958.svg.png Kingdom of Egypt (1922–1958)
AllegianceFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Garrison/HQRN Base, Suez

Suez was a naval base and area command of the British Royal Navy established in World War One and Two. At various times it encompassed a shore base, naval formations and other ships not attached to other formations.[1]

History

Port of Suez in 1942

Britain established a naval command at the Port of Suez during World War One. The Suez Canal in Egypt was an important asset for Britain after the Second World War. It was central to maintaining links with its remaining overseas possessions and the main source of oil in the Middle East. Britain had retained a series of military bases in Egypt located along the length of the canal in an area known as the Canal Zone.[2] The Egyptian authorities increasingly objected to the British presence and in October 1951 they broke the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936, which had allowed Britain to station forces in the country until 1956.[3]

In Command

Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Suez (1918-1919)

Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Suez
Rank Insig Name Term Notes/Ref
1 Captain RN Captain Rank Insignia.png Alfred Gilmore Alston 11 February, 1918 – 2 February, 1919 (acting).[1]

Naval Officer in Charge, Suez (1941-1942)

Naval Officer in Charge, Suez
Rank Flag Name Term Notes/Ref
1 Commodore, Second Class Commodore 2nd class command flag RN from 1864.png Charles Arthur Aiskew Larcom 29 October, 1941 – 13 May, 1942 [1][4]

Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Suez (1941-1942)

Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Suez
Rank Insig Name Term Notes/Ref
1 Captain RN Captain Rank Insignia.png Charles Dalrymple Moore 2 July, 1940 – 1941 (retd).[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony (29 October 2018). "Suez - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  2. Richard, McDonough (12 June 2018). "What Was The Suez Crisis?". iwm.org.uk. Imperial War Museums. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  3. McDonough. (2018)
  4. Houterman, Hans; Koppes, Jeroen. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945 -- L". www.unithistories.com. Netherlands: Houterman and Koppes. Retrieved 20 June 2021.

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