The flotilla spawned from the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla sometime between January 1916 when some Acorn class destroyers arriving from Second Destroyer Flotilla were made tenders to Egmont and May 1917, when the evolved Egmont group was explicitly dubbed the "Malta Flotilla". While this makes its genesis somewhat murky, we will consider May, 1917 as the "birthdate".
A force of Acorns tender to Egmont in the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla which has grown in fits and starts to number eight over the previous 16 months are dubbed the "Malta Flotilla" for the first time.
|Operating from Malta|
|Destroyers, tenders to Egmont|
Dates of appointment given:
- Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (May, 1917). p. 20.
- Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1918). p. 21.
|British Destroyer Flotillas|
|First | Second | Third | Fourth | Fifth | Sixth | Seventh | Eighth | Ninth | Tenth|
|Eleventh | Twelfth | Thirteenth | Fourteenth | Fifteenth | Seventeenth | Nineteenth|
|Twentieth | Twenty-first|
|Local Defence Flotillas|
|Clyde | Devonport | Devonport & Falmouth | Falmouth | Firth of Forth | Gibraltar|
|Liverpool | Mersey | Newhaven | Nore | North Channel | Milford & Pembroke | Pembroke|
|Portland | Portsmouth | Queenstown|