The Empire to Commonwealth Project

Naval Bases of the British Empire

Some important notes about the British Empire Section:

  • Naval ships long-term docking were classed as shore stations.  When a permanent base was built it was often given the same name and the ship sailed away to another destination - which is why below you will find shore stations with the same name in another country.  Listings of Shore Stations is taken from Ben Warlow's book "Shore Establishments of the Royal Navy" ISBN 0907771521
  • Often many of these ships that docked and were classed as shore stations were simply housing for troops and sailors and either in due course left, or its troops and sailors were then housed in a permanent shore station somewhere else under a different name.
  • Some naval bases did not have their own emblems for a variety of reasons (i.e. no badge issued or that ship had a figurehead.  In these instances I have filled in this 'gap' by using the next created badge for the same name (which is inaccurate!) but has been included for visual reference only.   Images of badges have been drawn from internet sources and T.P. Stopford's book "Admiralty Ships Badges, 1919 - 194I"  ISBN 0952934612 
  • Most shore establishments have a diamond shaped badge - but this has not always been the case either!
  • The Commonwealth listings in other sections of the Naval Bases Chapter are 100% accurate as badges have now been standardised by the relevant Defence Forces.

 Please select the country of your choice:

 

Aden

 

Australia 

 

Bermuda 

 

Canada

Ceylon 

 

East Indies

 

Mediterranean 

 

Egypt

 

Germany/Heligoland 

 

Gibraltar 

 

Hong Kong

 

Ireland

 

India

 

Italy 

 

Jamaica 

 

Malaya

 

Malta

 

Russia

 

South Africa 

 

United Kingdom 

 

Nations with few bases

MONABs 

 

 

 

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Monabs

Temporary airbases for the Fleet Air Arm

 

 

 

 Nabaron

 Nabcatcher

Nabreekie 

 

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