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British Ceylon, a Crown Colony from 1815 to 1948, was a valuable British base of operations, especially in the Second World War.


In Command

Until early 1942 the naval command of Ceylon fell to a Captain or a Naval Officer in Charge. On 5 March, 1942, Sir Geoffrey Layton was appointed as Commander-in-Chief, Ceylon.

Flag Officer and Admiral Superintendent

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

See Also


  1. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 257.
  2. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 258.
  3. The Navy List. (May, 1939). p. 313.
  4. The Navy List. (December, 1941). p. 1197.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1943). p. 805.
  6. The Navy List. (December, 1943). p. 809.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1941). p. 1050.