Anti-Submarine Committee (Royal Navy)

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The Anti-Submarine Committee, also known simply as Submarine Committee, was an ad hoc body of the Royal Navy formed in 1910 for dealing with anti-submarine warfare proposals.

History

The committee was appointed in March, 1910, and issued its first report in April of that year. It initially comprised a Flag Officer, a Captain, a Commander, and a Secretary.[1] Up to the outbreak of war in August, 1914, the committee reported at least fifty-five times.[2]

During its existence, the primary tools which would define the pinnacle of anti-submarine warfare through the end of the Great War were devised – particularly the hydrophone and the hydrostatically fired depth charge – but often alongside large numbers of grossly ineffective weapons and tactics which were slow to cede ground.

In December, 1916 its personnel and mission were subsumed in the Naval Staff's newly-created Anti-Submarine Division.[3]

Presidents

Members

This list is not complete.

Footnotes

  1. Anti-Submarine Development and Experiments Prior to December 1916. p. 9.
  2. Anti-Submarine Development and Experiments Prior to December 1916. p. 43.
  3. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 1, Part 7. p. 4.
  4. Burney Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 180.
  5. Burney Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 180.
  6. Sturdee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1256.
  7. Sturdee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1256.
  8. Tupper Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1337.
  9. Tupper Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1337.
  10. Inferred from the date of Tupper ceasing duty on the committee. H.C. 238, 1913. pp. 32-33.
  11. Phipps Hornby Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 338.
  12. Moreton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 242.
  13. Arbuthnot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 202.
  14. Tupper Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1337.
  15. Tupper Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1337.
  16. Currey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 36.
  17. Return, for the Year ended 31st March 1914, of the Army and Navy Officers permitted, under Rule 2 of the Regulations drawn up under Section 6 of the "Superannuation Act, 1887," to hold Civil Employment of Profit under Public Departments. pp. 32-33.

Bibliography

  • Naval Staff (L.D.D.) (1920). Anti-Submarine Development and Experiments Prior to December, 1916. The Technical History and Index. Vol. 5. Part 40. C.B. 1515 (40). Copy at the National Maritime Museum.
  • Tupper, Admiral Sir Reginald (1929). Reminiscences. London: Jarrold & Sons..

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