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A Naval Station was a geographic command responsible for conducting all naval operations within its defined area. It may consist of flotillas, or squadrons, or individual ships under command.[1] The British Royal Navy for command purposes was separated into a number of stations or fleets, each normally under an admiral.[2]

The United States Department of the Navy's General Order No 135 issued in 1911 as a formal guide to Naval Terms described a Naval Station as "any establishment for building, manufacturing, docking, repair, supply, or training under control of the Navy. It may also include several establishments". A Naval Base by contrast was "a point from which naval operations may be conducted" [3]


  1. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years: 1914-1918: INTRODUCTION". Gordon Smith, 27 October 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  2. Archives, The National. "Records of Stations and Fleets: Division within ADM". London, England: The National Archives. Retrieved 11 October 2018. 
  3. Strauss, Michael J. (2009). The leasing of Guantanamo Bay. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Security International. p. 65. ISBN 9780313377839. 

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