Royal Navy Manœuvres of 1913

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Forces Involved

The following data is perhaps not complete or free of error. I don't know what source Simon started with, and I added Blue Fleet data from patchwork articles in The Times and from Navy Lists.

Blue Fleet

The Blue Fleet was to be the defending fleet, under Commander-in-Chief Admiral Sir George A. Callaghan, whose flag was in Neptune.

The 6th, 7th and 9th cruiser squadrons had "forty destroyers" with them.[1]

Blue Fleet
Ship Commanding Officer
Fourth Cruiser Squadron
H.M.S. Suffolk RAdmRN.png Sir Christopher G. F. M. Cradock
H.M.S. Berwick
H.M.S. Donegal
Sixth Cruiser Squadron
H.M.S. Good Hope RAdmRN.png Dudley R. S. de Chair
H.M.S. Drake
H.M.S. King Alfred
Seventh Cruiser Squadron
H.M.S. Aboukir RAdmRN.png Archibald G. H. W. Moore
H.M.S. Bacchante
H.M.S. Cressy
H.M.S. Euryalus
H.M.S. Sutlej
Ninth Cruiser Squadron
H.M.S. Ariadne
H.M.S. Diadem RAdmRN.png Sir Robert K. Arbuthnot
H.M.S. Europa
H.M.S. Spartiate
Tenth Cruiser Squadron
H.M.S. Royal Arthur Com2RN.png Edmund R. Pears
First Light Cruiser Squadron
Com2RN.png William Edmund Goodenough
Third Light Cruiser Squadron
H.M.S. Attentive Com2RN.png Thomas Jackson
H.M.S. Forward
H.M.S. Foresight
Third Submarine Flotilla
H.M.S. Forth
H.M.S. B 3
H.M.S. B 4
H.M.S. B 5

Red Fleet

The Red Fleet was to be the "attacking fleet," falling under the overall direction of Commander-in-Chief Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, whose flag was in Thunderer).

Exmouth nearly missed the manoeuvres, as she suffered an electrical fire that necessitated the precautionary flooding of compartments which precipitated her grounding and eventual docking on 13 July. She was able to overtake the Sixth Battle Squadron after leaving the docks.[2].

Red Fleet
Ship Commanding Officer
H.M.S. Thunderer VAdmRN.png Sir John Jellicoe
Second Battle Squadron
H.M.S. King George V VAdmRN.png Sir George J. S. Warrender
H.M.S. Orion RAdmRN.png Rosslyn E. Wemyss
H.M.S. Monarch
H.M.S. Centurion
H.M.S. Conqueror
H.M.S. Lord Nelson
H.M.S. Agamemnon
H.M.S. Assistance (Repair Ship)
Fourth Battle Squadron
H.M.S. Dreadnought VAdmRN.png Sir Charles J. Briggs
H.M.S. Russell
H.M.S. Cornwallis
H.M.S. Blonde
Sixth Battle Squadron
H.M.S. Albemarle VAdmRN.png Sir Alexander E. Bethell
H.M.S. Duncan
H.M.S. Exmouth Captain Hugh L. P. Heard
H.M.S. Glory
H.M.S. Vengeance
Second Battle Cruiser Squadron
H.M.S. Indomitable
H.M.S. Invincible
First Cruiser Squadron
H.M.S. Defence RAdmRN.png E. C. T. Troubridge
H.M.S. Warrior
H.M.S. Duke of Edinburgh
H.M.S. Cumberland (Attached)
Second Light Cruiser Squadron
H.M.S. Falmouth Com2RN.png T. D. W. Napier
H.M.S. Weymouth
H.M.S. Bristol
H.M.S. Liverpool
H.M.S. Dartmouth
H.M.S. Cornwall (Attached)
Sixth Destroyer Flotilla
H.M.S. Minerva
H.M.S. Ostrich
H.M.S. Falcon
H.M.S. Leven
H.M.S. Osprey
H.M.S. Racehorse
H.M.S. Mermaid
Eighth Submarine Flotilla
H.M.S. Maidstone
H.M.S. E 1
H.M.S. E 2
H.M.S. E 4
H.M.S. E 5
H.M.S. D 1
H.M.S. D 3
H.M.S. D 7
H.M.S. D 8
Fourth Submarine Flotilla
H.M.S. Hazard
H.M.S. C 14
H.M.S. C 15
H.M.S. C 16



  1. "Naval Manoeuvres." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Jul 23, 1913; pg. 6; Issue 40271.
  2. "Naval Manoeuvres." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Jul 23, 1913; pg. 6; Issue 40271.