Ceylon Station

The Ceylon Station was a naval station and formation of the Royal Navy headquartered in British Ceylon, which was a Crown Colony from 1815 to 1948, it was a valuable British base of operations, especially in the Second World War.

1) History

2) In Command

Until early 1942 the naval command of Ceylon fell to a Captain or a Naval Officer in Charge. On 5 March, 1942, Sir Geoffrey Layton was appointed as Commander-in-Chief, Ceylon.

2.1) Naval Officer in Charge Ceylon

  1. Captain Cecil S. Sandford, 15 September, 1934 – 28 October, 1936
  2. Captain Walter H. G. Fallowfield, 18 September, 1936 – October, 1938
  3. Captain Edward L. Berthon, 15 October, 1938 – January, 1940[Fact Check]
  4. Captain (retired) Basil O. Bell-Salter, December, 1940 – 6 February, 1942

2.2) Flag Officer Ceylon and Admiral Superintendent

  1. Rear-Admiral Arthur Read, 14 May 1942 - December 1942

2.3) Commander-in-Chief, Ceylon

  1. Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton, December, 1942 - 1945

2.3.1) Flag Officer Ceylon and Admiral Superintendent

  1. Rear-Admiral Arthur Read, December 1942 - August 1943
  2. Rear-Admiral Victor H. Danckwerts, August 1943 - March 1944, (died in office)
  3. Rear-Admiral R. Gresham Nicholson, March 1944 - 1945

2.4) Flag Officer Ceylon and Admiral Superintendent

  1. Rear-Admiral John Mansfield, 1945 -10 April 1946

3) Ceylon Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

  1. Commander R.N.V.R. Willoughby G. Beauchamp, 1 February, 1938
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