|Engagements||Battle of Jutland|
|Sir John Jellicoe|
|Sir David Beatty|
Formed in August 1914 from the First Fleet and part of the Second Fleet of the Home Fleets, the Grand Fleet included 25–35 modern capital ships. It was commanded initially by Admiral Sir John Jellicoe. He was succeeded by Admiral Sir David Beatty in December 1916.
The Grand Fleet was based first at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands and later at Rosyth on the Firth of Forth. It participated with the biggest fleet action of the war – the Battle of Jutland – in June 1916.
Order of battle
Not all the Grand Fleet was available for use at any one time, because ships required maintenance and repairs. At the time of the Battle of Jutland in May 1916, it had 32 dreadnought and super-dreadnought battleships. Of these 28 were in the order of battle at Jutland. The order of battle of the Grand Fleet at the end of the war appears in the Naval order of 24 October 1918.
The actual strength of the fleet varied through the war as new ships were built and others were transferred or sunk but the number of battleships steadily increased, adding to the margin of superiority over the German fleet. After the USA joined the war, the US Battleship Division Nine was attached to the Grand Fleet as the Sixth Battle Squadron, adding four, later five, dreadnought battleships.
- Heathcote, p. 130
- Heathcote, p. 25
- Heathcote, p. 26
- "The Pink List: Position and Movement of H.M. Ships, 11th November 1918 8 a.m." The Admiralty. Retrieved 13 February 2015 – via naval-history.net.
- Jones, p. 25
- Heathcote, T. A. (2002). British Admirals of the Fleet 1734–1995: A Biographical Dictionary. Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Leo Cooper. ISBN 0-85052-835-6.
- Jones, Jerry (1998). U.S. Battleship Operations in World War I. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-55750-411-1.
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Title: The fleet from within. Being the impressions of a R. N. V. R. officer
Year: 1919 (1910s)
Authors: Moseley, Sydney A. (Sydney Alexander), b. 1888
Subjects: Great Britain. Royal Navy World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations
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SPIES AT THE BASE 129 the many and vast secrets of the Navy fromthe prying of trained observers. And yetsuch is the system in vogue that, so far as itis possible to learn, little ever leaked out,and probably every man sent by the enemyto spy out the land was under survey fromfirst to last. Secret information came in—of that I shall write later—but not very muchever got out. I obtained my first insight of what thisorganisation is in a curious manner. Myuniform as naval officer, I thought, would atonce dispel any particular interest in me,but I confess I was greatly taken off myguard when one of the intelligence officerssaid to me, d propos of nothing: Ratherhot time you must have had at the Dar-danelles, sir. I suppose youll be writinganother book about the Navy ? This wasa very unexpected greeting to receive froman official, when I had determined to impressmy status strictly as a naval officer. Hesaw my momentary embarrassment. Oh, youll find plenty of material here,he ended nonch
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Ships of the 2nd Battle Squadron of the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet in World War I. From left to right, King George V, Thunderer, Monarch, Conqueror