Special Service Squadron

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Special Service Squadron was a component of the United States Navy during the earlier part of the 20th century. The squadron patrolled the Caribbean Sea as an instrument of gunboat diplomacy. It was headquartered in Balboa, Panama Canal Zone.

Records of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet have correspondence from the Special Service Squadron in 1907.[1] The Special Service Squadron was stood up as a separate command from the fleet in 1920. Its purpose was to protect the Canal and American interests both in the Caribbean and on the Pacific coast of Central America (and it remained a separate command when the Atlantic and Pacific fleets were combined as the United States Fleet in 1922). The squadron consisted mostly of small, older ships and was abolished in 1940 as part of the consolidation of U.S. naval commands in the early 1940s.[2][3]

Commanders


References

  1. ^ "Letters sent by Rear Adm. C.H. Hockson, Special Service Squadron, 1907". Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  2. ^ Allen, Keith. "Notes on U.S. Fleet Organisation and Disposition, 1898-1941". Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  3. ^ Watson, Graham. "THE UNITED STATES NAVY: ITS RISE TO GLOBAL PARITY 1900-1922". Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  4. ^ "U.S.S. ERIE (PG-50)". Ship History. USS Erie.org. Retrieved April 16, 2015.


Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special_Service_Squadron&oldid=869195554"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Service_Squadron
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Special Service Squadron"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA