Admiral of Minesweeping
Minesweeping Command
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Type Military Command
Preceding None
Country United Kingdom
Founded 1914
Abolished 1918
Headquarters Harwich, England
Commander R.Adm: Minesweeping
Role Minesweeping Operations
Affiliations Navy
Parent command Admiralty Department
Succeeding command Minesweeping Department

The Admiral of Minesweeping was a senior Royal Navy appointment who was responsible for coordinating all mine sweeping operations from 1914 to 1918.

His subordinate components, units, establishments and staff was called the Minesweeping Command.

History

On 1 May, 1912 de Robeck hoisted his flag in the St. George at Harwich upon taking command of the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Destroyer Flotillas, formerly the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Flotillas of the Third and Fourth Divisions of the Home Fleet.[1] It was publicly announced on 16 April that the office of the Admiral of Patrols would be at the Admiralty.

In the words of de Robeck's assistant, Captain (later Admiral Sir) Walter H. Cowan: We had an old Cruiser for Flagship[,] 'St. George' … but we were very seldom in her except when John de Robeck wanted to give a dinner-party. We soon learnt to combine business with pleasure - we were both very fond of playing golf and hunting the FOX.

Flotillas of the Third and Fourth Divisions of the Home Fleet.[1] It was publicly announced on 16 April that the office of the Admiral of Patrols would be at the Admiralty.

In the words of de Robeck's assistant, Captain (later Admiral Sir) Walter H. Cowan: We had an old Cruiser for Flagship[,] 'St. George' … but we were very seldom in her except when John de Robeck wanted to give a dinner-party. We soon learnt to combine business with pleasure - we were both very fond of playing golf and hunting the FOX.

Rear-Admiral, Minesweeping

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post holders included:

  1. Rear-Admiral Edward F. B. Charlton, 4 September, 1914 – December, 1915
  2. Rear-Admiral Edward S. Fitzherbert, 6 December, 1915 – 30 April, 1918

Sub-commands or components

Minesweeping flotillas

References

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