15th Destroyer Flotilla

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15th Destroyer Flotilla
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Active1916-1919, 1939-1945
AllegianceFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom from 1801.png Royal Navy

The 15th Destroyer Flotilla also known as the Fifteenth Destroyer Flotilla was a naval formation of the Royal Navy from 1916 to 1919 and again from 1939 to 1945.[1]


The flotilla was first established during World War I in August 1916 and was attached to the Grand Fleet till March 1918. It was then transferred to the Battle Cruiser Force until it was disbanded in March 1919.

At the outset of the World War II the flotilla was reformed as part of the Rosyth Command from September to October 1939. It was then transferred to the Western Approaches Command at Plymouth until January 1941. Reassigned once again to Plymouth Command where it remained until May 1945 before it was dispersed.

In Command

Captain (D) 15th Destroyer Flotilla

Incomplete list of post holders included:[2]

Captain (D) 15th Destroyer Flotilla
Rank Name Term Notes
1 Captain Arthur Brandreth Scott Dutton 28 August 1916 – November, 1917 later V.Adm.
2 Captain Rafe Grenville Rowley-Conwy November, 1917 – 1 March 1919 later R.Adm.
3 Captain Ralph Kerr 31 July 1939 – 18 January 1941

Operational Deployments

Assigned to Dates Notes
Grand Fleet April 1916 to March 1918
Battle Cruiser Force March 1918 to March 1919 disbanded
Rosyth Command September to October 1939 reformed
Western Approaches Command October 1939 to January 1941 at Plymouth
Plymouth Command January 1941 to May 1945 disbanded


  1. Mackie, Colin. (January 2020).Royal Navy Senior Appointments from 1865. Flotillas & Squadrons. pp.194-253..
  2. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Fifteenth Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy) – The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 19 April 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2020.