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Reserve Fleet
Active c. 1700–1960
Country United Kingdom
Branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.png Royal Navy
Garrison/HQ Portsmouth

The Reserve Fleet was a Royal Navy formation of decommissioned vessels which could be brought to a state of readiness at time of war.

History[edit | edit source]

In the early years of the 18th century ships were "laid up in ordinary" at various British naval bases so establishing the Reserve Fleet as a repository for decommissioned ships: it was brought to readiness for World War I.[1] It continued to exist in the inter-war years but in 1930 the Admiralty reduced it in size on the basis that war was unlikely in the ensuing 10 years.[2] At the start of World War II the Reserve Fleet, under the command of Vice Admiral Sir Max Horton,[3] was again brought to a state of readiness.[4] Some 15,000 men were called up in May 1939 to man the Reserve Fleet which became ready for service on 15 June 1939.[5] During the 1950s ships were regularly 'cocooned' for the Reserve Fleet[6] and it ceased to exist in 1960.[7]

Flag Officers Commanding[edit | edit source]

Flag Officers Commanding included:[8]

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