Posted by Mike Field on October 15, 2011 at 19:58:57 user mikefield.
In Reply to: Ted Walker's postings posted by John Wilson on October 09, 2011 at 03:47:15:
Both Malta and Gibraltar were in the Mediterranean Station, Gibraltar at the very western end and Malta pretty-well in the middle. The Station extended from Gibraltar for the full length of the Med, and included Suez and the Red Sea as far as Aden, so Malta was more strategically placed to protect the entire Med and its ports and trade routes and hence was historically the base of the Mediterranean Fleet. Protection of trades routes into the Med from the Atlantic and of Gibraltar itself could largely be left to ships from the Home Station, as indeed was the case a few years later in WW2.
(In 1942 the Mediterranean Fleet was moved to Alexandria however, and was also briefly based at Algiers. Command of the Fleet was also split during the war, and becomes a bit difficult to follow. For a detailed exposition of the Mediterranean Fleet's history, see the link.)
Hong Kong was part of the China Station, a good deal further east. So Ted and/or his vessel would have had to have a different posting if he was to be based there.
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