REVIEW OF THE RESERVE FLEET Weymouth Bay on Wednesday, 9 August 1939
Review of the British Reserve Fleet - and other units, totalling 133
ships - took place in Weymouth Bay on Wednesday 9 August 1939. King
George VI arrived in the yacht Victoria and Albert
on the 8th. The principal function of this Review was to introduce King
George VI to some sixty commanding officers on board light cruiser Effingham and to inspect the warships prior to re-commissioning.
The ships participating in this Review were battleships Ramillies and Revenge and training ship Iron Duke, loaned from the Home Fleet, aircraft carrier Courageous, light cruisers Caledon, Calypso, Capetown, Caradoc, Cardiff, Ceres, Colombo, Danae, Dauntless, Despatch,Diomede, Dragon, Dunedin, Effingham, Emerald, Enterprise, minelaying cruiser Adventure, destroyers Acasta,
Achates, Acheron, Amazon, Antelope, Ardent, Arrow, Basilisk, Boadicea,
Brazen, Brilliant, Broke, Eclipse, Electra, Encounter, Escapade, Esk,
Exmouth, Express, Keith, Kempenfelt, Keppel, Malcolm, Scimitar, Skate,
Sturdy and the following V & W Class destroyers and Class Leaders
V & W Class destroyers Vanessa, Vanquisher, Vansittart, Velox, Venetia, Venomous, Verity, Versatile, Vesper, Vidette, Vimy, Vivacious, Volunteer, Vortigern, Wakeful, Walker, Walpole, Wanderer, Warwick, Watchman, Wessex, Whirlwind, Whitehall, Whitley, Winchelsea, Witch, Witherington, Wivern, Wolverine and Wren
A and B class destroyers Acasta, Achates, Acheron, Amazon, Antelope, Anthony, Ardent, Arrow, Basilisk, Beagle, Brazen were attached to the Reserve Fleet for the Review. All but Achates, which was attached to the 6th Submarine Flotilla and arrived at Portland on the 5th, arrived at Weymouth Bay on the 8th.
The principal function of this Review was to introduce King George VI to some sixty commanding officers on board light cruiser Effingham and to inspect the warships prior to re-commissioning.
King George VI went aboard Cardiff and Effingham, inspected 1500 Reservists drawn by ballot on the flight deck of Courageous, inspected the workings of a submarine aboard Otway, and went aboard destroyer Exmouth and trawler Myrtle.
The ships of the Reserve Fleet began to disperse to their war stations that night."