17th Frigate Squadron (United Kingdom)

The 17th Frigate Squadron was an administrative unit of the Royal Navy from 1955 to 1972.

17th Frigate Squadron
ActiveNovember 1955 – February 1972
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
FirstCaptain John E. Scotland
LastCaptain Wilfred J. Graham

Operational history

During its existence, the squadron included Type 15 and Whitby class frigates. The squadron served as the Dartmouth Training Squadron for cadets at Britannia Royal Naval College.

The main task of the squadron was to train officer cadets in basic ship experience. Sea time experience was given also to young Royal Marine officers and Engine Room Artificer apprentices. There were three cruises a year which coincided with the terms at Dartmouth College. These cruises usually alternated between the Mediterranean and the Baltic. The squadron was disbanded in 1972.

Squadron commander


Captain John E. ScotlandHMS VigilantNovember 1955-April 1957
Captain Morgan C. GilesHMS VigilantApril 1957-December 1958
Captain Peter N. HowesHMS VigilantDecember 1958-August 1960
Captain Peter AshmoreHMS RoebuckAugust 1960-December 1961
Captain Terence T. LewinHMS UrchinDecember 1961-August 1963
Captain North E.F. Dalrymple-HamiltonNonsuchAugust 1963-December 1964
Captain Christopher B.H. Wake-WalkerHMS Tenby/HMS EastbourneDecember 1964-August 1966
Captain Ronald ForrestHMS TorquayAugust 1966-December 1967
Captain Ian S. S. MackayEastbourneDecember 1967-July 1969
Captain O. Nigel A. CecilHMS Tenby/HMS ScarboroughJuly 1969-February 1971
Captain Wilfred J. GrahamNonsuchFebruary 1971-1972


  1. Royal Navy Senior Appointments, Colin Mackie

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