Admiralty and Ministry of Defence: Mediterranean Station: Correspondence and Papers

ADM 121
Admiralty and Ministry of Defence: Mediterranean Station: Correspondence and Papers

Correspondence and papers relating to naval bases and fleet activities in the Mediterranean; there is also a volume of correspondence relating to the American Civil War.


The first 87 pieces in this series are part of a series of volumes numbered 1-101. However, in the absence of any indexes, these have been re-arranged under the subject groupings of general series, Bases and Ports and miscellaneous.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Board of Admiralty, Mediterranean Station, 1800-1964
Ministry of Defence, Navy Department, Mediterranean Station, 1964-1967
Physical description:
105 files and volumes
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure
Administrative / biographical background:

The Mediterranean station was a major theatre of operations in Napoleonic times and World War II, but it gradually decreased in importance as the world entered the nuclear era, former British territories such as Malta (the traditional Headquarters of the Mediterranean Fleet) received their independence and the Royal Navy began to withdraw to Home Waters. The Flag of the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean was hauled down for the last time on June 5 1967, something the Dutch, French, Spaniards, Austrians, Germans and Italians had failed to do in a long history of conflict dating back over 300 years.

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