Fifth Submarine Flotilla (Royal Navy)

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The Fifth Submarine Flotilla was a formation of submarines of the Royal Navy.

History

Test Mobilisation of July 1914

The flotilla had the members it would carry through much of the war.[1]

Test Mobilisation
Depot Ship
Thames
Submarines
C 1 C 2 C 3 C 4 C 5 C 6

By September, 1914, the flotilla would be designated as a component of the Nore Local Defence Flotilla. It would retain this roster until September, 1916.

September, 1916

The flotilla is redesignated as the Fourth Submarine Flotilla — the vessels of that formation based at Dover are now those of the Fifth Submarine Flotilla. The strength is ten submarines, a depot ship and a flag ship.[2]

Part of the Dover Patrol
Flagship
Arrogant
Depot Ship
Hazard
Submarines
C 15 C 17 C 18 C 19 C 20 C 21
  C 22 C 28 C 30 C 34

This roster would apply untilDecember.[3]

December, 1916

C 20 and C 34 have left for the Sixth Submarine Flotilla, reducing the strength to eight submarines, a depot ship and a flag ship.[4]

Part of the Dover Patrol
Flagship
Arrogant
Depot Ship
Hazard
Submarines
C 15 C 17 C 18 C 19 C 21 C 22
  C 28 C 30

This roster would persist until February or March, 1917.[5]

March, 1917

C 19, C 21 and C 22 have left for the Ninth Submarine Flotilla, reducing the strength to five submarines, a depot ship and a flag ship.[6]

Part of the Dover Patrol
Flagship
Arrogant
Depot Ship
Hazard
Submarines
C 15 C 17 C 18 C 28 C 30

This roster would persist until June.[7]

June, 1917

C 24 from the Ninth Submarine Flotilla has swapped places with C 28, retaining the strength at five submarines, a depot ship and a flag ship.[8]

Part of the Dover Patrol
Flagship
Arrogant
Depot Ship
Hazard
Submarines
C 15 C 17 C 18 C 24 C 30

This roster would persist until February, 1918.[9]

On 3 November, 1917, C 15 sank UC 65 at 50deg 28' N., 0deg 17' E..[10]

February, 1918

The flotilla seems to be disbanded, though Arrogant remains attached directly to the Dover Patrol as a deport ship for submarines. C 15, C 18 and C 30 have gone to the Sixth Submarine Flotilla and C 17 and C 24 to the Portland Local Defence Flotilla.[11]

Disbanded
It would not be re-instituted in the Dreadnought Era

March, 1919

Back as one of six flotillas supporting the Grand Fleet in the post-war navy, the Fifth has a depot ship and fifteen submarines.[12]

Supporting the Grand Fleet
one of six new flotillas
Depot Ship
Titania
Submarines
G 1 G 2 G 3 G 4 G 5 G 6
G 10 G 12 G 13 J 2 J 3 J 4
J 5 J 7 E 45

In Command

Dates of appointment given:

The conflict between Benson and others should be explored.

Footnotes

  1. Admiralty Weekly Order No. 109 of 10 July, 1914.
  2. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (September, 1916). pp. 15, 17.
  3. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 15 and Supplements through December.
  4. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1916). pp. 15, 17.
  5. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (January, 1917). p. 15 and Supplements through Mar 1917, except a Feb edition was not found.
  6. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1917). pp. 13, 15.
  7. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (April, 1917). p. 15 and the May Supplement.
  8. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1917). pp. 13, 15.
  9. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (July, 1917). p. 15 and Supplements through February.
  10. The Technical History and Index, Vol. 3, Part 21. p. 5.
  11. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (February, 1918). pp. 15, 18.
  12. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1919). p. 12.
  13. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 287.
  14. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/46. f. 46.
  15. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 382.
  16. Palmer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/46. f. 46.
  17. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398p.
  18. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 398pp.
  19. Benson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/318. f. 83.
  20. Benson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/318. f. 83.
  21. Gill Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/50/72. f. 207.
  22. Gill Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/50/72. f. 207.
  23. Saltren-Willett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/126. f. ?.
  24. Saltren-Willett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/126. f. ?.
  25. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 724.
  26. Laurence Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/175. f. 579.
  27. Laurence Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/175. f. 579.

Bibliography

See Also


British Submarine Flotillas
First Submarine Flotilla | Second Submarine Flotilla | Third Submarine Flotilla | Fourth Submarine Flotilla
Fifth Submarine Flotilla | Sixth Submarine Flotilla | Seventh Submarine Flotilla | Eighth Submarine Flotilla
Ninth Submarine Flotilla | Tenth Submarine Flotilla | Eleventh Submarine Flotilla | Twelfth Submarine Flotilla
Thirteenth Submarine Flotilla | Fourteenth Submarine Flotilla | Fifteenth Submarine Flotilla | Sixteenth Submarine Flotilla
Ambrose's Flotilla | Mediterranean Fleet's Flotilla | Platypus's Flotilla | Vulcan's Flotilla | Hong Kong Flotilla