United States Tenth Fleet


United States Tenth Fleet

The Tenth Fleet was a formation of the United States Navy created as an anti submarine warfare coordinating organization during the Battle of the Atlantic in the Second World War. The fleet was active from May 1943 to June 1945.

Tenth Fleet's mission included the destruction of enemy submarines, the protection of coastal merchant shipping, the centralization of control and routing of convoys, and the coordination and supervision of all USN anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training and development. [Sean M. Maloney, 'To Secure Command of the Sea: NATO Command Organization and Naval Planning for the Cold War at Sea, 1945-54,' MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1991, p.58, 60, 61] Tenth Fleet used Commander-in-Chief Atlantic's ships operationally; CinCLANT issued operational orders to escort groups originating in the United States. The Fleet was also responsible for the organisation and operational control of hunter-killer groups. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Ernest King was the fleet's commander, with Rear Admiral F.S. Low, King's assistant chief of staff for ASW, as fleet chief of staff.

Tenth Fleet never put to sea, had no ships, and never had more than about 50 people in its organization. The fleet was disbanded after the surrender of Germany.

References

Further Reading

*Ladislas Farago, The Tenth Fleet: The True Story of the U.S. Navy's "Phantom" Fleet Battling U-Boats During World War II (Paperback)


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