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5th Destroyer Flotilla
Active February, 1910–1942, 1947-1951
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  Royal Navy
Size Flotilla
Commanders
First Captain Herbert E. Holmes-à-Court
Ceremonial chief Captain Llewellyn V. Morgan

The British 5th Destroyer Flotilla [1] also known as the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla was a naval formation of the Royal Navy from 1910 to 1942 and again from 1947 to 1951.

History[]

The flotilla was formed in February 1910 and disbanded in 1942. Its first commander was Captain Herbert E. Holmes-à-Court and its final commander was Captain Llewellyn V. Morgan.[2] The flotilla was reactivated in March 1947 until December 1951. In January 1952 it was re-designated 5th Destroyer Squadron.

Organizational Changes[]

Note: Command structure organizational changes took place within Royal Navy post war period the term Flotilla was previously applied to a tactical unit until 1951 which led to the creation of three specific Flag Officers, Flotillas responsible for the Eastern, Home and Mediterranean fleets the existing destroyer flotillas were re-organized now as administrative squadrons.[3]

Operational deployments[]

Assigned to Dates Notes
Home Fleet, 3rd Division, Devonport Division 1909 to 1912
Admiral of Patrols March 1909 to 1913 transferred to Med
Mediterranean Fleet August 1914 to November 1918
Home Fleet April to November 1919
Atlantic Fleet 1921 to April 1925 dispersed ships to 1DF Med.
Home Fleet September 1939 to April 1941 reformed detached Humber Force
Western Approaches Command September 1940 to February 1941
Plymouth Command February to March 1941
Mediterranean Fleet 1 July 1941 to 1 August 1942 disbanded
Levant Command 29 January 1943 to 1 October 1943 reformed
Mediterranean Fleet 2 October 1943 to May 1945
Home Fleet June 1945 to 1951 re-designated 5th Destroyer Squadron

Administration[]

Captains (D) afloat 5th Destroyer Flotilla[]

Incomplete list of post holders included:[4]

  • Captain Herbert Edward Holmes à Court, 8 February 1910
  • Captain Noel Grant, 20 December 1910 – 20 December 1912
  • Captain Edward G. Lowther-Crofton, 1 May 1912 ] – 27 January 1914
  • Captain Charles P. R. Coode, 1 February 1914 – 15 May 1917
  • Captain F. Clifton Brown, 30 May 1917 – 15 August 1917
  • Captain George K. Chetwode, 15 August 1917
  • Captain Kerrison Kiddle, 1 March 1919 – 1 October 1919
  • Captain Theodore E. J. Bigg, 25 June 1921 – 16 August 1922
  • Captain Cyril St. C. Cameron, 16 August 1922 – 30 April 1924
  • Captain Edward O. B. S. Osborne, 28 April 1924
  • Commander Reginald V. Holt, January, 1925 – 8 February 1925
  • Captain Edward O. B. S. Osborne, 10 February 1925
  • Captain Kenneth MacLeod, 1 April 1925 – 4 July 1926
  • Captain James V. Creagh, 11 May 1925 – 10 October 1925
  • Captain Lewis G. E. Crabbe, 4 July 1926 – 16 August 1927
  • Captain Lewis G. E. Crabbe, June, 1927
  • Captain Frank Elliott, 16 August 1927 – 16 August 1929
  • Captain Ronald H. C. Hallifax, 16 August 1929 – 16 August 1931
  • Captain Geoffrey R. S. Watkins, 16 August 1931 – 24 April 1933
  • Captain Arthur L. St. G. Lyster, 11 November 1932 – 30 April 1935
  • Captain Harold M. Burrough, 30 April 1935 – 16 June 1937
  • Captain Llewellyn V. Morgan, 16 June 1937 – 1 May 1939

Composition post war period[]

Included:[5]
United Kingdom, Home Fleet from March 1947
5th Destroyer Flotilla

United Kingdom, Home Fleet 1947
5th Destroyer Flotilla

  • HMS Solebay (Leader)
  • HMS Cadiz
  • HMS Gabbard
  • HMS St. James
  • HMS St. Kitts
  • HMS Sluys

United Kingdom, Home Fleet 1948
5th Destroyer Flotilla

  • HMS Solebay (Leader)
  • HMS Cadiz
  • HMS Gabbard
  • HMS St. James
  • HMS St. Kitts
  • HMS Sluys

United Kingdom, Home Fleet 1949
5th Destroyer Flotilla

  • HMS Solebay (Leader)
  • HMS Cadiz
  • HMS Gabbard
  • HMS St. James
  • HMS St. Kitts
  • HMS Sluys

United Kingdom, Home Fleet 1950
5th Destroyer Flotilla

  • HMS Solebay (Leader)
  • HMS Cadiz
  • HMS Gabbard - (September 1950)
  • HMS St. James - (September 1950)
  • HMS St. Kitts
  • HMS Sluys

United Kingdom, Home Fleet 1951
5th Destroyer Flotilla

  • HMS Solebay (Leader)
  • HMS Cadiz - later replaced by HMS Gabbard
  • HMS St. Kitts - later replaced by HMS St. James
  • HMS Sluys

References[]

Sources[]

  • Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. (2018) "Fifth Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell.
  • Whitby, Michael (2011). Commanding Canadians: The Second World War Diaries of A.F.C. Layard. Vancover, Canada: UBC Press. ISBN 9780774840378.
  • The Fifth Destroyer Flotilla on Patrol and Carrying Out Gunnery Practice at Sea. January 1941, On Board HMS Kashmir. Flotilla Leader HMS KellyY with her Flotilla For The First Time Since Her Refit". Imperial War Museums. Imperial War Museum UK.

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