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13th Destroyer Flotilla
Country Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Service history
Active (1915-1919), (1939-1945)
Size Flotilla
Commanders
Commanders Captain James U. Farie
Current commander LastLast}
Insignia

The British 13th Destroyer Flotilla also known as the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla was a naval formation of the Royal Navy from November 1915 – November 1918 and again from September 1939 to January 1944.

HistoryEdit

World War OneEdit

The flotilla was first formed in November 1915 and was assigned to the Grand Fleet.[1] Between 31 May and 1 June 1916 it was present at the Battle of Jutland as part of the Battle Cruiser Fleet. It remained with the Grand Fleet until November 1918 and was disbanded in March 1919.[1]

Second World WarEdit

In September 1939 the flotilla was re-established and assigned to the North Atlantic Command at Gibraltar.[2] On 29 January 1943 it was operating within the command as part of the Gibraltar Escort Force until 2 July 1943. The flotilla remained in the North Atlantic Command until May 1945 when it was disbanded.[3]

Operational deploymentsEdit

Assigned to Dates Notes
Grand Fleet November 1915 to May 1916
Battle Cruiser Fleet May 1916 to June 1916
Grand Fleet June 1916 to November 1918 disbanded
North Atlantic Command September 1939 to May 1945 Reformed and within Gibraltar Escort Force, convoys till Jul 1943

AdministrationEdit

Captains (D) afloat 13th Destroyer FlotillaEdit

Incomplete list of post holders included:[4]

Rank Name Term Notes
Captain (D) afloat 13th Destroyer Flotilla
1 Captain James U. Farie 25 April 1916 – April, 1917 later R.Adm.
2 Captain Hugh J. Tweedie April, 1917 – November, 1917 later Adm.
3 Captain Arthur B. S. Dutton November, 1917 – 8 April 1919 later V.Adm.
4 Captain F. S. de Winton September 1939 onboard leader HMS Kepple [5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1914-1918". Gordon Smith, 27 October 2015. https://www.naval-history.net/xGW-RNOrganisation1914-1918.htm#3. Retrieved 17 July 2018. 
  2. Hewitt, Geoff (2008) (in en). Hitler's Armada: The German Invasion Plan, and the Defence of Great Britain by the Royal Navy, April-October 1940. Barnsley, England: Pen & Sword Maritime. p. 90. ISBN 9781844157853. 
  3. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Orgnisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". Gordon Smith, 19 September 2015. https://www.naval-history.net/xGW-RNOrganisation1939-45.htm. Retrieved 17 July 2018. 
  4. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project" (in en). Harley and Lovell, 7 February 2018. http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org/tfs/index.php/Thirteenth_Destroyer_Flotilla_(Royal_Navy). Retrieved 17 July 2018. 
  5. Bertke, Donald A.; Smith, Gordon; Kindell, Don (2011) (in en). WORLD WAR TWO SEA WAR. Morrisville, NC, USA: Lulu. p. 75. ISBN 9780578029412. https://books.google.lk/books?id=Em32AgAAQBAJ&pg=PA75&lpg=PA75&dq=13th+Destroyer+Flotilla+North+Atlantic+Command&source=bl&ots=_trc9zppb0&sig=_gxdypxQHawiWlfK1_7mPw_H8bg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi0uc__76XcAhVQbn0KHZqhDToQ6AEwDHoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=13th%20Destroyer%20Flotilla%20North%20Atlantic%20Command&f=false. 

SourcesEdit

  • Bertke, Donald A.; Smith, Gordon; Kindell, Don (2011). WORLD WAR TWO SEA WAR. Morrisville, NC, USA: Lulu. ISBN 9780578029412.
  • Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. (2018) "Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 29 May 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  • Hewitt, Geoff (2008). Hitler's Armada: The German Invasion Plan, and the Defence of Great Britain by the Royal Navy, April–October 1940. Barnsley, England: Pen & Sword Maritime. ISBN 9781844157853.
  • Watson, Dr Graham. (2015) Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployments 1900-1914". www.naval-history.net. G. Smith.
  • Watson, Dr Graham. (2015) "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1919-1938". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith.
  • Watson, Dr Graham. (2015) "Royal Navy Organisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith.

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