Third Fleet (United Kingdom)

Third Fleet
Active 1 May 1912–1914
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
Type Fleet

The Third Fleet was a reserve formation of the Royal Navy that briefly existed before the First World War. Formed on 1 May 1912 from the 4th Division of the Home Fleet, its elderly ships were ordinarily only manned by a small maintenance crew during peacetime, but were intended to be manned by naval reservists when mobilised.[1] It was conducting a test mobilisation in July 1914 as tensions increased between Great Britain and Imperial Germany[2] and was only partially demobilised before full mobilisation was ordered on 2 August. At this time it consisted of the 7th and 8th Battle Squadrons of pre-dreadnought battleships and five squadrons of cruisers.[3]



  1. Wragg, p. 24
  2. Marder, p. 432
  3. Corbett, pp. 13, 29


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