Twenty-third Fleet Sweeping Flotilla (Royal Navy)

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The Twenty-third Fleet Sweeping Flotilla was a formation of fleet minesweepers of the Royal Navy that operated in the Northern Division of the Coast of Ireland Station late in the war.


1 December, 1918 – May, 1919

Rosemary carries the Senior Officer.[1]

Operating from Buncrana
Sweeping Sloops
Buttercup Crocus Daffodil Delphinium Gladiolus Poppy Rosemary(S.O.)

June, 1919 – onward

From June, 1919 onward, the organization of Britain's minesweepers becomes indistinct, as they are simply listed together as "Vessels Employed on Mine Clearance Service" in the Navy List. There is allegedly a separate Mine Clearance Service Weekly Return for closer detail, but we do not have any of those.[2]

Senior Officers

Supplementary Commanding Officers


  1. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 18 and Supplements through May, 1919.
  2. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1919). p. 15.


  • Dittmar, F.J.; Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. London: Ian Allan.

See Also

British Minesweeping Formations
Fleet Sweeping Flotillas (Great War)
First | Second | Third | Sixth | Seventh | Eighth | Ninth | Tenth
Eleventh | Twelfth | Thirteenth | Fifteenth | Sixteenth | Eighteenth | Nineteenth
Twentieth | Twenty-first | Twenty-second | Twenty-third | Twenty-fourth
Minesweeping Flotillas (World War II)
First | Second | Third | Fourth | Fifth | Sixth