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15th Destroyer Flotilla
Active (1916–1919), (1939–1945)
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  Royal Navy
Size Flotilla
Commanders
First Captain Arthur B. S. Dutton

The15th Destroyer Flotilla also known as the Fifteenth Destroyer Flotilla was a naval formation of the British Royal Navy from August 1916 to March 1919 and again from September 1939 to May 1945.

History[edit | edit source]

First World War[edit | edit source]

The flotilla was first established in August 1916 and was attached to the Grand Fleet till March 1918.[1] It was then transferred to the Battle Cruiser Force until it was disbanded in March 1919.

Second World War[edit | edit source]

At the outset of the war the flotilla was reformed as part of the Rosyth Command [2] from September to October 1939.[3] It was then transferred to the Western Approaches Command [4] at Plymouth until January 1941.[5] Reassigned once again to the Plymouth Command [6] where it remained until May 1945 before it was dispersed.[7]

Operational deployments[edit | edit source]

Assigned to Dates Notes
Grand Fleet April 196 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

Administration[edit | edit source]

Captains (D) afloat 15th Destroyer Flotilla[edit | edit source]

Incomplete list of post holders included:[8]

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

References[edit | edit source]

  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 20 July 2018. 
  2. Hawkins, Ian (2003) (in en). Destroyer: An Anthology of First-hand Accounts of the War at Sea, 1939–1945. London, England: Conway Maritime Press. p. 367. ISBN 9780851779478. 
  3. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". Gordon Smith, 19 September 2015. https://www.naval-history.net/xGW-RNOrganisation1939-45.htm. Retrieved 20 July 2018. 
  4. Anderson, Roger Charles; Carr Laughton, Leonard George; Perrin, William Gordon (2000). "15th Destroyer Flotilla which was part of Western Approaches Command.". Society for Nautical Research. p. 321. 
  5. 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 20 July 2018. 
  6. Evans, A.S. (2010). Destroyer down : an account of HM destroyer losses, 1939–1945 (1. publ. ed.). Barnsley: Pen & Sword Maritime. p. 206. ISBN 9781848842700. 
  7. 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 20 July 2018. 
  8. Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Fifteenth Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy) – The Dreadnought Project" (in en). Harley and Lovell, 19 April 2018. http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org/tfs/index.php/Fifteenth_Destroyer_Flotilla_(Royal_Navy)#Captains_.28D.29. Retrieved 20 July 2018. 

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Anderson, Roger Charles; Carr Laughton, Leonard George; Perrin, William Gordon (2000). "15th Destroyer Flotilla which was part of Western Approaches Command". The Mariner's Mirror. Society for Nautical Research. 86: 321.
  • Evans, A.S. (2010). Destroyer down : an account of HM destroyer losses, 1939–1945 (1. publ. ed.). Barnsley: Pen & Sword Maritime. ISBN 9781848842700.
  • Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. (2018) "Fifteenth (Royal Navy) – The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 29 May 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  • Hawkins, Ian (2003). Destroyer: An Anthology of First-hand Accounts of the War at Sea, 1939–1945. London, England: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 9780851779478.
  • Watson, Dr Graham. (2015) "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, World War One 1914–1918". 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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