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The Home Fleet
Home Fleet
was a fleet of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
that operated in the United Kingdom's territorial waters from 1902 with intervals until 1967. Before the First World War, it consisted of the four Port Guard ships.[which?] During the First World War, it comprised some of the older ships of the Royal Navy. During the Second World War, it was the Royal Navy's main battle force in European waters.

Contents

1 Pre-First World War

1.1 History 1.2 Admirals commanding 1.3 Second in command 1.4 Chief of staff

2 Inter-war period

2.1 History 2.2 Admirals commanding

3 Second World War

3.1 History 3.2 Admirals commanding 3.3 Second in command

4 Post-Second World War

4.1 History 4.2 Admirals commanding

5 Notes 6 Sources 7 Further reading 8 External links

Pre-First World War[edit]

Structure: pre-world war one [1] (1902-1914)

Parent unit

British Fleet

Components

Cruiser Squadron
Cruiser Squadron
(10.02-07.05) Devonport Division (01.05-03.07) Portsmouth Division (01.05-03.07) Nore Division
Nore Division
(01.05-03.07) 4th Cruiser Squadron
Cruiser Squadron
(01.05-03.07) Devonport Division (03.07-03.09) Portsmouth Division (03.07-03.09) Nore Division
Nore Division
(03.07-03.09) 1st Division (03.09-05.12) 2nd Division (03.09-05.12) 3rd Division (03.09-05.12) 4th Division (03.09-05.12) 2nd Destroyer Flotilla (03.09-05.12) 4th Destroyer Flotilla (03.09-05.12) First Fleet (05.12-07.14) Second Fleet (05.12-07.14) Third Fleet (05.12-07.14) 6th Destroyer Flotilla (05.12-07.14) 7th Destroyer Flotilla (05.12-07.14) 8th Destroyer Flotilla (05.12-07.14) 8th Destroyer Flotilla (05.12-07.14) Admiral of Patrols
Admiral of Patrols
05.12-08.14)

History[edit] On 1 October 1902, the Admiral Superintendent Naval Reserves, then Vice-Admiral Gerard Noel, was given the additional appointment of Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, and allotted a rear-admiral to serve under him as commander of the Home Squadron.[2] "... the nucleus of the Home Fleet
Home Fleet
would consist of the four Port Guard ships, which would be withdrawn from their various scattered dockyards and turned into a unified and permanent sea-going command – the Home Squadron – based on Portland. Also under the direction of the commander-in-chief of the Home Fleet
Home Fleet
would be the Coast Guard ships, which would continue to be berthed for the most part in their respective district harbours in order to carry out their local duties, but would join the Home Squadron
Home Squadron
for sea work at least three times per year, at which point the assembled force – the Home Squadron
Home Squadron
and the Coast Guard vessels – would be known collectively as the Home Fleet."[3] Rear-Admiral George Atkinson-Willes was Second-in-Command of the Home Fleet, with his flag in the battleship HMS Empress of India, at this time.[4] In May 1903 Noel was succeeded as Commander-in-Chief by Vice-Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson.[5] On 14 December 1904, the Channel Fleet
Channel Fleet
was re-styled the Atlantic Fleet and the Home Fleet
Home Fleet
became the Channel Fleet.[6] In 1907, the Home Fleet
Home Fleet
was reformed with Vice-Admiral Francis Bridgeman in command, succeeded by Admiral Sir William May in 1909. Bridgeman took command again in 1911, and in the same year was succeeded by Admiral Sir George Callaghan. On 29 March 1912, a new structure of the fleet was announced, which came into force on 1 May 1912. The former Home Fleet, which was organised into four divisions, was divided into the First, Second and Third Fleets as Home Fleets.[7] The Home Fleets were the Navy's unified home commands in British waters from 1912 to 1914.[8] On 4 August 1914, as the First World War was breaking out, John Jellicoe was ordered to take command of the Fleet, which by his appointment order was renamed the Grand Fleet. Admirals commanding[edit] Post holders during the pre-war period were:'[9]

Rank Flag Name Term

Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet
Home Fleet
[10]

1 Vice-Admiral

Sir Gerard Noel 1 October 1902–21 May 1903

2 Vice-Admiral

Sir Arthur Wilson 21 May 1903–31, December, 1904

Note: There was no Home Fleet
Home Fleet
between 1905 and 1907 remaining ships at a lesser state of readiness were split into 3 divisions: Devonport Division, Nore Division, and Portsmouth Division [11]

Rank Flag Name Term

Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet
Home Fleet
[12]

1 Vice-Admiral

Sir Francis Bridgeman 5 March 1907–24 March 1909

2 Vice-Admiral

Sir William May 24 March 1909–1911

3 Vice-Admiral

Sir Francis Bridgeman 25 March 1911 – 5 December 1911

4 Vice-Admiral

Sir George Callaghan 5 December 1911 – 31 July 1912

Of note:The Home Fleets were a new organisation of the Royal Navy's unified home commands (First, Second, Third, Fleets) instituted on 31 July 1912 to December 1914. The Commander-in-Chiefs of the three home commands reported to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleets.

Rank Flag Name Term

Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleets/First Fleet [13]

1 Admiral

Sir George Callaghan 31 July 1912-December 1914

Second in command[edit] Post holders included:[14]

Rank Flag Name Term

Second-in-Command, Home Fleet/Home Fleets

1 Rear-Admiral

George L. Atkinson-Willes October 1902-May 1903

2 Rear-Admiral

Edmund S. Poe May 1903-June 1904

3 Rear-Admiral

Charles J. Barlow June–December 1904

4 Vice-Admiral

Sir Archibald Berkeley 5 December 1911 – 31 July 1912

5 Vice-Admiral

Sir George A. Callaghan August 1910-December 1911

6 Vice-Admiral

Sir John R. Jellicoe December 1911-December 1912

7 Vice-Admiral

the Hon. Sir Stanley C. J. Colville June 1912-June 1914

8 Vice-Admiral

Sir Lewis Bayly June–August 1914

Chief of staff[edit] Post holders included:[15]

Rank Flag Name Term

Chief of Staff, Home Fleet

1 Rear-Admiral

the Hon. Alexander E. Bethell January 1908-March 1909

On 8 August 1914 units of the Home Fleets were distributed in accordance with Admiralty
Admiralty
Fleet Order the majority of elements formed the new Grand Fleet
Grand Fleet
others were assigned to the following units: Channel Fleet, Northern Patrol-Cruiser Force B, 7th Cruiser Squadron-Cruiser Force, 11th Cruiser Squadron-Cruiser Force E, Dover Patrol, Harwich Flotillas, 7th Destroyer Flotilla, 8th Destroyer Flotilla, 9th Destroyer Flotilla, 5th Submarine Flotilla, 6th Submarine Flotilla, 7th Submarine Flotilla and the 8th Submarine Flotilla.[16]

Inter-war period[edit]

Structure:interwar period [17] (1919-1939)

Parent unit

British Fleet

Components

2nd Battle Squadron
2nd Battle Squadron
(05.19-10.19) 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron
Cruiser Squadron
(05.19-10.19) 4th Destroyer Flotilla (05.19-10.19) 5th Destroyer Flotilla (05.19-10.19) Battlecruiser
Battlecruiser
Squadron (01.31-02.39) 2nd Battle Squadron
2nd Battle Squadron
(01.31-02.39) 2nd Destroyer Flotilla (06.32-08.35) 4th Destroyer Flotilla (09.38-05.39)

History[edit] When the Grand Fleet
Grand Fleet
was disbanded in April 1919, the more powerful ships were reformed into the Atlantic Fleet and the older ships were reformed into the "Home Fleet"; this arrangement lasted until Autumn 1919, when the ships of the Home Fleet
Home Fleet
became the Reserve Fleet. The name "Home Fleet" was resurrected in March 1932, as the new name for the Atlantic Fleet, following the Invergordon Mutiny.[18] The Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet
Home Fleet
in 1933 was Admiral Sir John Kelly. The Home Fleet
Home Fleet
comprised the flagship Nelson leading a force that included the 2nd Battle Squadron
2nd Battle Squadron
(five more battleships), the Battlecruiser Squadron (Hood and Renown), the 2nd Cruiser Squadron
Cruiser Squadron
(Vice-Admiral Edward Astley-Rushton), CB, CMG aboard Dorsetshire (three cruisers), three destroyer flotillas (27), a submarine flotilla (six), two aircraft carriers and associated vessels.[19] Admirals commanding[edit] Post holders during the inter-war period were:[20]

Rank Flag Name Term

Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet

1 Admiral

Sir John Kelly October, 1931-September, 1933

2 Admiral

Sir William Boyle September, 1933-August, 1935

3 Admiral

Sir Roger Backhouse August, 1935-April, 1938

Second World War[edit]

Structure: second world war [21] (1939-1945)

Parent unit

British Fleet

Components

Aircraft Carriers, Home Fleet
Home Fleet
(09-39-12.43) 2nd Battle Squadron
2nd Battle Squadron
(01.31-02.39) 2nd Battle Squadron
2nd Battle Squadron
(09-39-05.45) Battlecruiser
Battlecruiser
Squadron (01.31-02.39) Battlecruiser
Battlecruiser
Squadron (05-41-05.41) 1st Cruiser Squadron
Cruiser Squadron
(10-39-5.45) 2nd Cruiser Squadron
Cruiser Squadron
(05-32-02.39) 2nd Cruiser Squadron
Cruiser Squadron
(01.40-10.41) 10th Cruiser Squadron
Cruiser Squadron
(09.40-05.45) 15th Cruiser Squadron
Cruiser Squadron
(05.40-04.41) 18th Cruiser Squadron
Cruiser Squadron
(09-39-09.42) 4th Destroyer Flotilla (09.38-05.39) 6th Destroyer Flotilla (06.32-09.39) 7th Destroyer Flotilla (02-39-09.39) 8th Destroyer Flotilla (02-39-09.39) 1st Mine-layer Squadron (08.40-06.43) 2nd Mine-Sweeping Flotilla (09-40-12.42) Escort Carriers, Home Fleet
Home Fleet
(12.43-02.45) Home Fleet
Home Fleet
Destroyers (09-39-07.44) Home Fleet
Home Fleet
Submarines (09-39-07.44) 1st Mine-layer Squadron (08.40-06.43) 1st Mine-Sweeping Flotilla (09-39-01.45) 2nd Mine-Sweeping Flotilla (09-40-12.42)

History[edit] The Home Fleet
Home Fleet
was the Royal Navy's main battle force in European waters during the Second World War. On 3 September 1939, under Admiral Forbes flying his flag in Nelson at Scapa Flow, it consisted of the 2nd Battle Squadron, the Battle Cruiser Squadron, 18th Cruiser Squadron, Rear-Admiral, Destroyers, Rear-Admiral, Submarines (2nd Submarine Flotilla, Dundee, 6th Submarine Flotilla, Blyth, Northumberland), Vice-Admiral, Aircraft Carriers (Vice-Admiral L.V. Wells, with Ark Royal, Furious, and Pegasus), and the Orkney and Shetlands force.[22] Its chief responsibility was to keep Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine
Kriegsmarine
from breaking out of the North Sea. For this purpose, the First World War base at Scapa Flow
Scapa Flow
was reactivated as it was well placed for interceptions of ships trying to run the blockade. The two most surprising losses of the Home Fleet
Home Fleet
during the early part of the war were the sinking of the old battleship Royal Oak by the German submarine U-47 while supposedly safe in Scapa Flow, and the loss of the pride of the Navy, the battlecruiser Hood, to the German battleship Bismarck. The operational areas of the Home Fleet
Home Fleet
were not circumscribed, and units were detached to other zones quite freely. However, the southern parts of the North Sea
North Sea
and the English Channel
English Channel
were made separate commands for light forces, and the growing intensity of the Battle of the Atlantic led to the creation of Western Approaches Command. Only with the destruction of the German battleship Tirpitz
German battleship Tirpitz
in 1944 did the Home Fleet
Home Fleet
assume a lower priority, and most of its heavy units were withdrawn to be sent to the Far East. Admirals commanding[edit]

Post holders during the Second World War were:[23][24][25]

Rank Flag Name Term

Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet

1 Admiral

Sir Charles Forbes April, 1938-December, 1940

2 Admiral

Sir John Tovey December, 1940-May, 1943

3 Admiral

Sir Bruce Fraser May, 1943-June, 1944

4 Admiral

Sir Henry Moore 14 June 1944 – 24 November 1945

Second in command[edit] Post holders included:[26]

Rank Flag Name Term

Second-in-Command, Home Fleet

1 Vice-Admiral

Sir Alban T.B. Curteis 1941-June 1942

2 Vice-Admiral

Sir Bruce A. Fraser June 1942-June 1943

3 Vice-Admiral

Sir Henry R. Moore June 1943-June 1944

4 Vice-Admiral

Sir Frederick H.G. Dalrymple-Hamilton June 1944-April 1945

5 Vice-Admiral

Sir Rhoderick R. McGrigor April–July 1945

6 Vice-Admiral

Sir Angus E.M.B. Cunninghame Graham July 1945-October 1946

Post-Second World War[edit] History[edit]

Structure:post-second world war [27] (1946-1967)

Parent unit

British Fleet

Components

3rd Aircraft Carrier Squadron (1947-1951) Aircraft Carriers (Home Fleet) (1952-1955) Heavy Squadron (1951-1954) Home Fleet
Home Fleet
Training Squadron (1946-1957) 2nd Cruiser Squadron
Cruiser Squadron
(1947-1951) Cruisers (Home Fleet) (1955-1963) (not in squadron) 2nd Destroyer Flotilla (1946-1947) 4th Destroyer Flotilla (1947-1952) 5th Destroyer Flotilla (1947-1952) 6th Destroyer Flotilla (1947-1952) Daring's (1952-1956) (not squadron) 2nd Destroyer Squadron (1954-1961) 3rd Destroyer Squadron(1956-1958) 4th Destroyer Squadron (1948-1959) 5th Destroyer Squadron (1947-1953) 6th Destroyer Squadron (1946-1948) 7th Destroyer Squadron (1951-1963) 21st Escort Squadron (1963-1966) 22nd Escort Squadron (1963-1966) 23rd Escort Squadron (1963-1966) 27th Escort Squadron (1963-1966) 29th Escort Squadron (1963-1966) 30th Escort Squadron (1963-1966) 4th Frigate Squadron (1956-1963) 5th Frigate Squadron (1950-63) 6th Frigate Squadron (1950-1963) 7th Frigate Squadron (1951)

After the Second World War, the Home Fleet
Home Fleet
took back all of its peacetime responsibilities for the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
forces in home waters and also in the North and South Atlantic. With the Cold War, greater emphasis was placed on protecting the North Atlantic
North Atlantic
from the Soviet Union in concert with other countries as part of NATO. Admiral Sir Rhoderick McGrigor
Rhoderick McGrigor
supervised combined Western Union exercises involving ships from the British, French, and Dutch navies in June–July 1949. Admiral McGrigor flew his flag from the aircraft carrier Implacable. Also taking part in the exercises were Victorious and Anson, along with cruisers and destroyers. During the exercise, the combined force paid a visit to Mount's Bay
Mount's Bay
in Cornwall
Cornwall
from 30 June-4 July 1949.[28] Admiral Sir Philip Vian, who was Commander-in-Chief from 1950-1952, flew his flag in Vanguard.[29] In late 1951, Theseus joined the fleet as flagship of the 3rd Aircraft Carrier Squadron.[30] From 1947 to 1957 superfluous battleships and aircraft carriers were assigned to the Home Fleet
Home Fleet
Training Squadron headquartered at Portland Dockyard to provide basic training. The carriers stationed here were mobilised as helicopter carriers for the Suez operation in 1956. In December 1951 the Admiralty
Admiralty
authorised the creation of a new Heavy Squadron to be assigned to the Home Fleet
Home Fleet
it consisted of a battleship HMS Vanguard aircraft carriers and cruisers.[31] Its commanding officer was known as Flag Officer, Aircraft Carriers
Flag Officer, Aircraft Carriers
who had administrative responsibility for all the operational carriers the squadron was disbanded October 1954 [32] The Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, gained an additional NATO responsibility as Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Atlantic, as part of SACLANT, when the NATO military command structure was established in 1953 at the Northwood Headquarters
Northwood Headquarters
in northwest London. The Commander-in-Chief Home Fleet
Home Fleet
still flew his flag however in Tyne at Portsmouth. During Exercise Mainbrace in 1952, NATO naval forces came together for the first time to practice the defence of northern Europe; Denmark and Norway. The resulting McMahon Act
McMahon Act
difficulties caused by potential British control of the United States Navy's attack carriers armed with nuclear weapons led to the creation of a separate Striking Fleet Atlantic, directly responsible to the commander of the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet, in his NATO position as SACLANT, by the end of 1952.[33] The submarine tender Maidstone was the fleet's flagship in 1956. In 1960, C-in-C Home Fleet
Home Fleet
moved to Northwood, and in 1966 the NATO Channel Command (a post also held by C-in-C Home Fleet) moved to Northwood from Portsmouth.[34] In February 1963 all remaining frigate and destroyer squadrons in the Home, Mediterranean and Far East
Far East
Fleets were merged into new Escort Squadrons.[35] In April 1963, the naval unit at the Northwood Headquarters
Northwood Headquarters
was commissioned as HMS Warrior under the command of the then Captain of the Fleet. In December 1966 all remaining squadrons in the Home Fleet were disbanded.[36] In 1967 the Home Fleet
Home Fleet
was amalgamated with the Mediterranean Fleet
Mediterranean Fleet
in 1967. With its area of responsibility greatly increased and no longer being just responsible for the defence of home waters of the UK, the name of the fleet was changed to the Western Fleet (1967-1971) and no squadrons existed in that Fleet.[37] Thus the famous, historic name of the Home Fleet
Home Fleet
was consigned to history. Admirals commanding[edit] Post holders after the Second World War were:[38][39]

Rank Flag Name Term

Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet

1 Admiral

Sir Edward Syfret November 1945-January, 1948

2 Admiral

Sir Rhoderick McGrigor January, 1948-January, 1950

3 Admiral

Sir Philip Vian January, 1950-June, 1952

4 Admiral

Sir George Creasy January, 1952-January, 1954

5 Admiral

Sir Michael Denny January, 1954-January, 1956

6 Admiral

Sir John Eccles January, 1956-January, 1958

7 Admiral

Sir William Davis January, 1958-July, 1960

8 Admiral

Sir Wilfrid Woods July, 1960-January, 1963

9 Admiral

Sir Charles Madden January, 1963-July, 1965

10 Admiral

Sir John Frewen July, 1965-October, 1967

Notes[edit]

^ Smith.2015. ^ Matthew S. Seligmann, A prelude to the reforms of Admiral Sir John Fisher: the creation of the Home Fleet, 1902–3, Historical Research, 2009 ^ Seligmann 2009, drawing upon T.N.A.: P.R.O., ADM 1/7606, docket Coast Guard, 24 March 1902, proposal by Sir Gerard Noel, 14 May 1902, and memorandum by Lord Walter Kerr, 17 May 1902. ^ Seligmann 2009 ^ Heathcote, p. 195 ^ National Archives record searches ^ Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Home Fleets (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley & Lovell, 22 August 2017.  ^ Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Home Fleets (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley & Lovell, 22 August 2017.  ^ Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. " Home Fleet
Home Fleet
(Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley & Lovell, 12 May 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2017.  ^ Government, H.M. (October 1913). "Flag Officers - Vice Admirals". The Navy List. H.M. Stationary Office. p. 87.  ^ Watson, Dr Graham. " Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Organisation and Ship Deployments 1900-1914: January 1905-February 1907". www.naval-history.net. Graham Smith, 8 August 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2018.  ^ Government, H.M. (October 1913). "Flag Officers - Vice Admirals". The Navy List. H.M. Stationary Office. p. 87.  ^ Government, H.M. (October 1913). "Flag Officers - Vice Admirals". The Navy List. H.M. Stationary Office. p. 87.  ^ Mackie, Colin. " Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Senior Appointments" (PDF). gulabin.com. Colin Mackie December 2107. Retrieved 29 December 2017.  ^ Mackie, Colin. " Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Senior Appointments" (PDF). gulabin.com. Colin Mackie. p.134. December 2107. Retrieved 16 February 2018.  ^ Watson, Dr Graham. " Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1914-1918: The Home Fleets were distributed in accordance with Admiralty
Admiralty
Fleet Order dated 8th August 1914". www.naval-history.net. Graham Smith, 27 October 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2017.  ^ Smith, Gordon. " Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1919-1939". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 2 September 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2017.  ^ Marder, Arthur (2015). From the Dardanelles to Oran: Studies of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
in War and Peace 1915-1914. Seaforth Publishing. p. 48. ISBN 9781473849273.  ^ Home Fleet
Home Fleet
listing for 1933 ^ Mackie, Colin. " Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin.com. Colin Mackie, December 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.  ^ Watson, Dr Graham. " Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Orgnisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". www.naval-history.net. Graham Smith, 19 September 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2017.  ^ Leo Niehorster, Home Fleet, 3 September 1939, accessed January 2009 ^ Whitaker's Almanacks 1939 - 1945 ^ Mackie, Colin. " Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin.com. Colin Mackie, December 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.  ^ Unit Histories, accessed July 2009 ^ Mackie, Colin. " Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Senior Appointments" (PDF). gulabin.com. Colin Mackie, p.133, December 2107. Retrieved 29 December 2017.  ^ Watson.2015. ^ Visit of the Combined Western Union Fleet to Mount’s Bay 30 June to 4 July ^ Biography: Philip Vian
Philip Vian
Archived 15 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Royal Naval Museum, accessed November 2009 ^ Naval-history.net, HMS Theseus, accessed October 2011 ^ Watson, Dr Graham. " Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Organisation and Ship Deployment 1947-2013". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 12 July 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2017.  ^ Watson.2015. ^ Sean Maloney, Securing Command of the Sea, Masters' thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1992, p.234-247 ^ Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom), Northwood Headquarters, accessed July 2009 ^ Watson.2015. ^ Watson.2015. ^ Watson.2015. ^ Whitaker's Almanacks 1945–1963 ^ Mackie, Colin. " Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin. Colin Mackie December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017. 

Sources[edit]

Heathcote, Tony (2002). The British Admirals of the Fleet 1734 – 1995. Pen & Sword Ltd. ISBN 0-85052-835-6.  Lovell. Tony and Harley, Simon; (2015) " Home Fleet
Home Fleet
(Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Mackie, Colin. (2017) " Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Senior Appointments from 1865" (PDF). gulabin.com. Maloney, Sean. (1992), Securing Command of the Sea, Masters' thesis, University of New Brunswick. Canada. Seligmann, Matthew S. (2009), A prelude to the reforms of Admiral Sir John Fisher: the creation of the Home Fleet, 1902–3,'Historical Research Article 83'. Institute of Historical Research, London. England

Further reading[edit]

Levy, J (2003). The Royal Navy's Home Fleet
Home Fleet
in World War 2. Palgrave Macmillan UK. ISBN 9780230511569. 

External links[edit]

The Dreadnought Project: Home Fleet

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of Telegraphs Inspector of Repairs Medical Consultative Board Medical Examining Board Historical Section Hydrographic Department Marine Pay Office Materials and Priority Department Medical Consultative Board Medical Department Medical Examining Board Movements Department Nautical Almanac Office Naval Artillery and Torpedo Department Naval Engineering College Naval Equipment Department Naval Historical Branch Naval Construction Department Naval Intelligence Department Naval Medical Service Naval Law Division Naval Mobilisation Department Naval Ordnance Department Naval Ordnance Inspection Department Naval Ordnance Stores Department Naval Publicity Department Naval Reserve Department Naval Security Department Naval Stores Department Naval Training Department Naval Works Department Navy, Army and Air Force Institute Navy and Army Canteen Board Navy Works Department Navigation Department Observatory at the Cape of Good Hope Office of the Admiral Commanding Coast Guard and Reserves Office of the Admiral Commanding, Reserves Office of the Admiral Superintendent, Chatham Office of the Admiral-Superintendent, Devonport Office of the Admiral-Superintendent, Malta Office of the Admiral-Superintendent of Naval Reserves Office of the Admiral-Superintendent, Pembroke Office of the Admiral-Superintendent, Plymouth Office of the Admiral-Superintendent, Portsmouth Office of the Admiral-Superintendent, Rosyth Office of the Admiralty
Admiralty
Chemist Office of the Adviser on the Naval Construction to the Board of Admiralty Office of the Assistant Controller Office of the Assistant Controller Research and Development Office of the Clerk of the Journals Office of the Deputy Controller of Navy Office of the Deputy Controller Production Office of the Director Woman’s Royal Naval Nursing Service Office of Extra Naval Assistant to Second Sea Lord Office of the Inspector Gun Mountings Office of the Keeper of Records Office of the Senior Psychologist of the Navy Office of the Translator of French and Spanish Languages Office of the Vice Controller Air Office of the Vice Controller of the Navy Organisation and Methods Department Packet Service Regional Organisation for Merchant Shipbuilding and Repairs Royal Corps of Naval Constructors Royal Flying Corps Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Office Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Pay Office Office of the Chaplain of the Fleet Royal Naval Academy Royal Naval Aircraft Workshops Royal Naval Air Service Royal Naval Air Stations Royal Naval Armaments Depot Royal Naval Cordite Factories Royal Naval Propellant Factory Royal Naval College, Dartmouth Royal Naval College, Greenwich Royal Naval College, Keyham Royal Naval College, Osborne Royal Naval Engineering College Royal Naval Film Corporation Royal Naval Hospital Royal Naval Medical Depot Royal Naval Minewatching Service Royal Naval Mine Depot Royal Naval Patrol Service Royal Naval Scientific Service Royal Naval Sick Quarters Royal Naval Torpedo Depot Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Royal Naval War College Royal Naval War College, Portsmouth Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Dockyard Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Medical Service Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Shore Signal Service Royal Observatory, Greenwich Royal School of Naval Architecture Salvage Department School of Mathematics and Naval Construction Scientific Research and Experiment Department Sea Transport Department Ship Department Ship Design Department Signal Department Signal School Statistics Department Steam Department Superintendent of De-magnetisation Torpedoes and Mining Department Transport Department Undersurface Warfare Department Victualling Department Volunteer Boys and Cadet Corps Weapons Department Wireless Telegraphy Board

Distribution of the Fleet

Office of the Permanent Secretary to the Admiralty Office of the First Naval Lord Office of the First Sea Lord Admiralty
Admiralty
Naval Staff

Military units distributed under the Admiralty

1st Fleet 2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet Africa Station Atlantic Fleet Australia Station Cape of Good Hope Station Cape and West Africa Station Battle Cruiser Fleet Battle Cruiser Force Caspian Flotilla Channel Fleet Channel Squadron Coastal Forces Coast of Ireland Station Cork Station Coast of Scotland Command China Command Dover Command Downs Station East Indies Fleet East Indies Station East Indies and China Station Eastern Fleet Far Eastern Fleet Grand Fleet Gibraltar Command Gibraltar and Mediterranean Approaches Command Harwich Force Home Fleet Jamaica Station Leeward Islands Station Lisbon Station Mediterranean Fleet Newfoundland Station New Zealand Division New Zealand Naval Forces Nore Command North America and West Indies Station North Atlantic
North Atlantic
Command North Sea
North Sea
Fleet Orkneys and Shetlands Command Pacific Fleet Pacific Station Patrols Command Plymouth Command Portsmouth Command Queenstown Station Royal East African Navy Royal Indian Navy Royal Navy
Royal Navy
Submarine Service Rosyth Command Reserve Fleet Scotland and Northern Ireland South Atlantic Command South Atlantic and Pacific Station South America Station South East Coast of America Station West Africa Squadron West Africa Station Western Approaches Command West Indies Station Western Squadron

Direction of Naval Finance

Department of the Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty

Departments under Secretary

Department of the Civil Lord of the Admiralty Accountant-General's Department Comptroller of the Navy Department of the Surveyor of the Navy

Direction of Naval Administration and the Admiralty
Admiralty
Secretariat

Department of the Permanent Secretary

Branches and offices under Permanent Secretary

Admiralty
Admiralty
Central Copying Branch Admiralty
Admiralty
Central Registry Branch Admiralty
Admiralty
Record Office Admiralty
Admiralty
Library Admiralty
Admiralty
Secretariat Air Branch Civil Branch Legal Branch Military Branch Naval Branch Ship Branch

Civil Administration

Department of the Civil Lord of the Admiralty, Department of the Additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty

Departments under Civil Administration

Accountant-General's Department Contract and Purchase Department Department of the Director of Contract Labour Department of the Surveyor of Buildings Director of Works' Department Greenwich Hospital Department Works Loan Department

Legal

Judicial Department

Legal under Judicial Department

Admiralty
Admiralty
court High Court of Admiralty Office of the Judge of the High Court of Admiralty High Court of Justice Office of the Judge Advocate of the Fleet Office of the Chief Naval Judge Advocate Office of the Marshall High Court of the Admiralty Office of the Admiralty
Admiralty
Advocate Office of the Admiralty
Admiralty
Proctor Office of the Receiver of Droits High Court of Admiralty Office of the Registrar High Court of the Admiralty Office of the Solicitor for the Affairs of the Admiralty Office of the Solicitor to the Admiralty
Admiralty
and Navy Office of the Counsel to the Admiralty Court of Admiralty
Admiralty
for the Cinque Ports King's Bench Division (Admiralty) Queens's Bench Division (Admiralty) Probate, Divorce and Admiralty
Admiralty
Division Vice Admiralty
Admiralty
courts Colonial Courts of Admiralty

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Historic fleets and naval commands of the Royal Navy

1st Fleet 2nd Fleet 3rd Fleet Atlantic Fleet Australia Battle Cruiser Fleet Caspian Flotilla Channel Fleet Coast of Ireland Coast of Scotland China Dover Downs East Indies East Indies and China Station Eastern Fleet Far East
Far East
Fleet Good Hope Grand Fleet Home Fleet Jamaica Station Lisbon Leeward Islands Mediterranean Fleet Newfoundland Station New Zealand New Zealand Naval Forces Nore North Sea North America Station North America and West Indies North Atlantic Orkneys and Shetlands Pacific Fleet Pacific Station Plymouth Portsmouth Rosyth Reserve Fleet South Atlantic South Atlantic and Pacific South Atlantic and South America South East Coast of America West Africa Squadron West Africa Station West Coast of Africa Western Approaches Wester

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