Orkneys and Shetlands

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The Admiral Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands was the Royal Navy officer charged with the administration of the naval defences of the Orkneys and Shetlands Islands.

History

The duties of the Admiral Commanding were laid down as being:

responsible, under the orders of the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleets, for administration of naval defences, naval establishments, and shore duties generally in the Orkneys and Shetlands.[1]

The Rear-Admiral, Scapa served under him, with a position similar to that of an Admiral Superintendent of a dockyard port.[2] Directly under his orders were the Shetlands Patrols; the Officer Commanding Troops, Orkney; the Officer Commanding Troops, Shetlands; the Admiralty Port Officer, Kirkwall; Rear-Admiral, Swarbuck Minns; the local minefields, and the officers responsible for the extended defences, the local defence flotilla, and the Orkney Trawler Patrols.[3] He was responsible for the patrolling of the area from Wick to Cape Wrath.[4]

Admirals Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands

Dates of appointment given:

Footnotes

  1. Grand Fleet Order 106. The National Archives. ADM 137/4052. p. 35.
  2. Grand Fleet Order 106. The National Archives. ADM 137/4052. p. 35.
  3. Grand Fleet Order 107.
  4. Grand Fleet Order 136.
  5. Colville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 29.
  6. Colville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 29.
  7. Brock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 221.
  8. Brock Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/19. f. 221.
  9. King-Hall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 42.
  10. King-Hall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 42.
  11. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 242.
  12. Prendergast Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 201.
  13. Superseded that day. Binney Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/9. f. 412.
  14. Binney Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/9. f. 412.
  15. Binney Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/9. f. 412.