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The 8th Destroyer Flotilla [1] also styled as the Eighth Destroyer Flotilla was a military formation of the British Royal Navy from 1911 to 1939.

8th Destroyer Flotilla
ActiveAugust, 1911 – May 1939
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
SizeFlotilla
Commanders
FirstCommander Charles Wills
LastCaptain Harold Hickling

HistoryEdit

The flotilla was established in August 1911. In 1912 was assigned to the Admiral of Patrols command and was based at Chatham Dockyard.[2] For the duration World War One it was on Patrol Duties.[3] Post first world war it was transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet from 1921 to 1924. In 1925 it was reassigned to the China Station where it remained just before World War Two in May 1939 when it was renamed 21st Destroyer Flotilla.[4] It was first commanded by Commander Charles Wills and last commanded by Captain Harold Hickling.[5]

AdministrationEdit

Captains (D) afloat, 8th Destroyer FlotillaEdit

Captain (D) afloat is a Royal Navy appointment of an operational commander of a destroyer flotilla or squadron.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dannreuther, Raymond (2005). Somerville's Force H : the Royal Navy's Gibraltar-based fleet, June 1940 to March 1942 (1. publ. ed.). London: Aurum. p. 127. ISBN 9781845130206.
  2. ^ Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployments 1900-1914". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 8 August 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  3. ^ Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1914-1918". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 27 October 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  4. ^ Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1919-1939". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith, 2 September 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  5. ^ Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. "Eighth Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 14 June 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  6. ^ Whitby, Michael (2011). Commanding Canadians: The Second World War Diaries of A.F.C. Layard. Vancover, Canada: UBC Press. p. Abbrev: XV. ISBN 9780774840378.

SourcesEdit

  • Dannreuther, Raymond (2005). Somerville's Force H : the Royal Navy's Gibraltar-based fleet, June 1940 to March 1942 (1. publ. ed.). London: Aurum. ISBN 9781845130206.
  • Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. (2018) "Eighth Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell.
  • Watson, Dr Graham. (2015) "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1914-1918". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith.
  • Whitby, Michael (2011). Commanding Canadians: The Second World War Diaries of A.F.C. Layard. Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press. ISBN 9780774840378.

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