Western Mediterranean

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Western Mediterranean Command
HMS Hannibal
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Part ofMediterranean Station
Garrison/HQRN base, Taranto, Italy.
FirstVice-Admiral Sir Louis Henry Keppel Hamilton
LastVice-Admiral Sir Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton

Western Mediterranean was a naval area command of the British Royal Navy was established in December 1943 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 Flag Officer, Western Mediterranean. The command existed until July,1945 when it was abolished.


In February 1943 the Fleet was divided into a command of ships and a command of ports & naval bases: Mediterranean Fleet: Commander-in-Chief Mediterranean Fleet, 15th Cruiser Squadron, Cdre. (D).

Levant Command Commander-in-Chief, Levant, Alexandria, Malta, Port Said, Haifa, Bizerta, Tripoli, Mersa Matruh, Benghazi, Aden, Bone, Bougie, Philippeville In late December 1943 Levant Command became Eastern Mediterranean Command two further area commands were formed Western Mediterranean and Central Mediterranean. By January 1944 all these commands were rreporting to the C-in-C Mediterranean Station.

In Command

Flag Officer, Western Mediterranean